Communication and education

Finland’s Biodiversity Action Plan comprises four actions for communication and education (actions 1-4). By the end of 2018, three of these actions were considered to have been completed or they had already become established practice. One action, however, needs boosting due to cutbacks in funding.

Since 2011, Finland has had a working group responsible for the communication of biodiversity-related issues. The working group was reinstated for the period 2017–2021, and at the same time it was complemented with experts on environmental education and environmental health. The working group supports the implementation of Finland’s National Biodiversity Strategy by disseminating information, conducting surveys, exchanging good practices and involving new actors in the work carried out to foster biodiversity (action 1; action completed).

Species knowledge and biodiversity issues have been emphasised in the further education for teachers, both in general and vocational education (action 2; established practice).

Principles of sustainable development have been included in the curricula at different educational levels, and the know-how of biodiversity has been added to certain vocational study programmes such as the Vocational Upper Secondary Qualification in Agriculture and Forestry (action 3; action completed).

The preconditions for multilateral collaboration in the environmental education sector have been improved through the utilisation of the results obtained by the working group inspecting this sectoral organisation, and through the MAPPA information service, which includes supporting material for sustainable development and environmental education. However, cutbacks in funding have hindered the environmental education work done by the Finnish Natural History Museum and Metsähallitus (action 4; ongoing, but needs a boost).