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METSO forest biodiversity program - A new way of conservation thinking

The Finnish forest biodiversity program METSO aims to halt the ongoing decline in the biodiversity of forest habitats and species, and establish stable and favourable trends in forest ecosystems. Based on compensations paid for voluntary conservation efforts of private forest owners, METSO is an innovative approach to forest biodiversity conservation. Find out more.


Forest conservation under METSO Programme proceeds on schedule – more resources needed for environmental subsidies and nature management projects

In 2019 about 4,700 hectares of new forest area was conserved under the Forest Biodiversity Programme for Southern Finland METSO. In addition, about 2,400 hectares of valuable habitats were protected through 10-year fixed term environmental forestry subsidy agreements. More than 100 hectares were covered by more extensive nature management projects involving lands belonging to several holdings.
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FACT SHEET - METSO Programme in brief

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