National Strategy and Action Plan
Finland's National Commission for Biological Diversity published in December 2007 the national strategy and action plan for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity 2006–2016.
The Strategy and Action Plan was revised in 2012 to adapt to the decisions of the COP 10 Meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy.
The Communications Programme 2009–2016 for the National Strategy and Action Plan was published in 2009 by the communications sub-group of the National Commission for Biological Diversity.
Ministry of the Environment appointed a National Commission for Biological Diversity, comprising a wide body of representatives from all ministries, key sectors of trade and industry, as well as environmental organizations. The Commission drafted Finland's national action plan for biological diversity 1997–2005, as mandated by the Council of State Decision-in-Principle. The action plan is partly based on biodiversity reports drafted by the ministries for their respective spheres of jurisdiction.
A National strategy and action plan for protection and sustainable use of biological diversity 2006–2016 was prepared during 2006.
A key goal guiding the formulation and implementation of the national action plan is the need to safeguard Finland's biological diversity by preventing the diminishment and genetic depletion of habitats and natural organisms, including stocks of cultivated and domesticated species. A further aim is to create jobs and promote business and industry. The action plan was formulated in line with the provisions of EU nature conservation directives and the obligations laid down in the Convention on Biological Diversity and other international agreements.