Assessment of threatened habitat types in Finland

Photo: Anne Raunio

The first threat assessment of Finnish habitat types was carried out in 2008. It classified c. 380 habitat types according to their risk of decline and deterioration, applying national assessment method and criteria. Of the total number of habitat types, 51% were categorized threatened in the whole country. The proportion of threatened habitat types was greatest in the groups of traditional rural biotopes, forests and mires.

In 2016–2018, the habitat types are assessed for the second time. The total number of habitat types included is slightly higher, c. 430 in the second assessment. The national experts are organized in eight teams to carry out the assessments: the Baltic Sea, its coast, inland waters and shores, mires, forests, rocky habitats, traditional rural biotopes and fell habitats. The methodology is also revised and the assessments are based on the new international criteria, IUCN Red List Criteria for Ecosystems.

Further information

Senior Research Scientist Tytti Kontula, Finnish Environment Institute, tel. +358 295 251 294,

Head of Unit Anne Raunio, Finnish Environment Institute, tel. +358 295 251 547,

Published 2013-06-20 at 13:36, updated 2016-04-06 at 17:40