Success and Challenges of voluntary Forest Conservation in Finland

News 2018-12-11 at 16:36
Forest view in autumn
© Kimmo Syrjänen

In southern Finland most forests are privately owned and commercially used, thus the protected area network has remained scattered and disconnected.

The Forest Biodiversity Program METSO (2008–2025) is the most important investment to voluntary conservation in Finland. METSO is coordinated by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and it is implemented by regional environmental and forest authorities.

The main goals of METSO are:

  • to improve protected area network
  • to increase biodiversity in commercial forests
  • to increase collaboration between forestry and environment sectors, landowners and other stakeholders, and
  • to enhance biodiversity knowledge, communication and education

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