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Biodiversity of the Finnish marine environment is mapped in cooperation across institutional borders. The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE coordinates VELMU. The programme is steered by the Ministry of the Environment.



Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Marine Research Centre

VELMU Coordinator, Research Professor
Markku Viitasalo
tel. +358 295 251 742, (forename.surname@syke.fi)

Treasures of the Baltic Sea photo exhibition

Senior Coordinator Wilma Viljanmaa

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VELMU Partners

Geological Survey of Finland GTK

Geologist Jyrki Hämäläinen (forename.surname@gtk.fi)


Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services

Specialist Lasse Kurvinen 
Field ManagerPekka Lehtonen (forename.surname@metsa.fi)


Luonnonvarakeskus LUKE

ResearcherSanna Kuningas (forename.surname@luke.fi)


Åbo Akademi University

Senior Researcher Sonja Salovius-Laurén (forename.surname@abo.fi)


Lapland ELY Centre
Senior Adviser Merja Lipponen (forename.surname@ely-keskus.fi)

North Ostrobothnia ELY Centre
Senior Adviser Tupuna Kovanen (forename.surname@ely-keskus.fi)

South Ostrobothnia ELY Centre
Senior Researcher Anna Bonde (forename.surname@ely-keskus.fi)

Southwest Finland ELY Centre
Senior Adviser Leena Lehtomaa (forename.surname@ely-keskus.fi)

Uusimaa ELY Centre
Senior Adviser Marjo Tarvainen (forename.surname@ely-keskus.fi)

Southeast Finland ELY Centre
Biologist Kimmo Inki  (forename.surname@ely-keskus.fi)


Steering Group

The VELMU Steering Group supervises programme implementation. The group is chaired by Environment Counsellor Saara Bäck from the Ministry of the Environment.

Steering Group Secretary:
Ministerial Adviser Penina Blankett
Ministry of the Environment
tel. +358 295 250 058, (forename.surname@ym.fi)



The group consists of representatives from:

  • Ministry of the Environment
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  • The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency
  • Ministry of Employment and the Economy
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Navy Command Finland
  • The Finnish Border Guard
  • The Finnish Heritage Agency.


Published 2021-01-04 at 12:21, updated 2021-01-12 at 17:00