International classification

21) Define the international protected area category of current protected areas, in cooperation with the IUCN and other stakeholders. Examine the need for and possibilities of establishing new types of protected areas, and of creating administrative models for them.
Responsible institutions: Ministry of the Environment, IUCN WCPA Finland

Schedule: 2013–2020

Status in 2018: The principles for applying the international classification system of protected areas in Finland was accepted by the end of 2013. All state-owned (about 800) and private (about 10 700) protected areas founded by the 1st of November 2017 have been classified, and the classifications have been accepted in the beginning of 2018. The data has been submitted to the European CDDA database, and from there to the WDPA database. However, the newest updates have not yet been included in the Protected Planet Land Report published in March 2018.

Further information: Finland at the Protected Planet website