Adaptation to climate change

29) Take biodiversity measures into account when revising the National Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (2005). Implement decisions of the CBD and UNFCCC on climate change.

Responsible institutions: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Ministry of Finance, other ministries

Schedule: 2013–2020

Status in 2018: The National Strategy for Adaption to Climate Change 2022 published in 2014 replaced the previous strategy from 2005. In 2008, the Ministry of the Environment published an action plan for adaption to climate change concerning its own administrational sector. This action plan was first revised in 2011, and for the second time in 2016.  

The action plan for adaption to climate change lists the assessment of the sensitivity of protected areas to climate change as one of the most important actions in terms of biodiversity. An assessment of this sensitivity has been initiated (see action 30). In addition, it is stipulated that the assessment of sensitivity to climate change should be included in the assessment of threatened species, the promotion of ecological connectivity on commercial land (green infrastructure), and the preservation and restoration of carbon sinks in peatlands (including carbon compensation).

In the end of 2018, the Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities issued a grant for a project regarding the adaption of the Sámi culture to climate change.  

Collaboration between actors working with climate change and biodiversity has been improved on the national level.

Further information: Climate change adaptation at the pages of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry https://mmm.fi/en/nature-and-climate/climate-change-adaptation