Green and blue infrastructure

14) Study what is meant by green and blue infrastructure (ecological network) under Finnish conditions. Incorporate the formation of an ecological network into land use planning objectives, in order to prevent the fragmentation of unbroken natural areas.
Responsible institutions: Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Schedule: 2013–2020

Status in 2018: In 2017, the Finnish Environment Institute published a report on the principles of green infrastructure in Finland. This report summarises how ecosystem services and biodiversity depend on green infrastructure and how the legislation should be changed to better acknowledge green infrastructure.

In December 2017, a government decree on the renewal of national land use objectives stated that the protection of biodiverse and unbroken areas is mandatory in land use planning. Green infrastructure has been considered in regional land use planning. Surveys have been conducted in the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, the Regional Council of Tampere Region, the Regional Council of Päijät-Häme, and the Regional Council of North Karelia.

Further information: Similä, J., Borgström, S., Kopperoinen, L., Itkonen, P., Auvinen, A.-P. & Koivulehto, M. 2017. Dependence of ecosystem services and biodiversity on green infrastructure and changes needed in the regulation (in Finnish with English summary). Ympäristöministeriön raportteja 17 | 2017. 128 s.