Species protection work

The aim of species protection work is to secure species diversity alongside the protection of habitats and larger biotopes. The most visible part of the protection work is the protection of threatened species, which is based on the Finnish Nature Conservation Act and the lists of threatened species and species under strict protection annexed to the Nature Conservation Decree. In addition to government administration (Ministry of the Environment; Finnish Environment Institute SYKE; Parks & Wildlife Finland; Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment) many other factions take part in the protection work, including the municipalities, Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd, the Natural Resources Institute Finland, forest companies and many voluntary associations.

Species expert groups also lend their expertise for species protection work.

Kangasajuruohon suojelu_Tuomas Lahti
A conservation cage for the Breckland thyme (Thymus serpyllum) and the mountain everlasting (Antennaria dioica) on the Räyskälä airfield during the annual Summer Services in the municipality of Loppi in 2012. © Tuomas Lahti.


Key tools for species protection work include the conservation of the areas of occurrence (e.g. protected areas, areas delimited for specially protected species, woodland key habitats) and management (including restoration). An important part of the species protection work is also the mapping and inspection of their places of occurrence so that they can be taken into account in land use planning.

Published 2017-11-01 at 12:12, updated 2017-12-21 at 7:26