Communications programme

1) Update the communications programme of the Saving Nature for People strategy and action plan (2009–2016) to support the policy definitions of the global biodiversity strategy and action plan 2010-2020, revised in Nagoya, Japan (CBD COP-10, 2010). The communications programme will include information on the Nagoya ABS Protocol, on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilisation.

Responsible institutions: Ministry of the Environment, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Sámi Parliament

Schedule: 2013

Status in 2018: The working group responsible for multilateral communication was reinstated for a new term (2017–2021) in autumn 2017. To gain new insights and a broader approachability, the composition of the group has been complemented especially with expertise on environmental education and health. The Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of Defence, the Finnish Environment Institute, the National Parks Finland at Parks & Wildlife Finland, the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, the National Institute for Health and Welfare, the Finnish National Agency for Education, Fee Finland and YLE (Finland's national public broadcasting company) are represented in the group.

The group implements the communications programme in accordance with its annually revised communications plan. The group has supported 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 raise biodiversity awareness.

A survey was carried out in 2018 on the attitudes of the public towards nature. The survey is intended to be repeated in order to observe trends. According to the results, more than 90% of Finns value nature highly, consider it to be a part of national identity and believe nature to increase health and wellbeing. However, Finns do not generally consider the loss of biodiversity to constitute a major threat.

The communication related to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) has been coordinated by small group consisting of representatives from the Ministry of the Environment, the Finnish Environment Centre and Natural Resources Institute Finland. The group has set up a national clearing house webpage, drafted practical manuals, held numerous briefings for the users of genetic materials as well as sent out information leaflets and questionnaires to the largest national agencies related to the obligations of the Nagoya Protocol.

Further information: National clearing house mechanism of the use genetic materials https://www.biodiversity.fi/geneticresources