Information on threatened species

23) Improve the standard and accessibility of information on threatened species, for example, when assessing threatened status through species inventories. Enhance exchange of information between actors. Implement an overall assessment of the threatened status of species in Finland, so as to have the following assessment ready by 2020.

Responsible institutions: Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Schedule: 2013–2020

Status in 2018: The quality and usability of information is continuously improved in different organisations and regarding different taxa. The collection and update of distribution data of species listed in the Nature Directive has been particularly emphasised. There have not been sufficient resources for inventories of threatened species.

The preparations for the fifth Finnish Red List Assessment started in 2016, and it will be completed in the spring of 2019. The interim assessments of birds and mammals were completed in the beginning of 2016.

Starting from 2019, distribution data on threatened species can be retrieved from the Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility administered by the Finnish Museum of Natural History. It is possible to submit a special request to the owner of the data in cases when the accessibility of data has been restricted in the name of species protection. The Eliölajit database administered by the Finnish Environment Institute will be dismantled, and data on threatened species will be transferred to the LajiGIS system administered by Metsähallitus. In order to exchange data, this system will connected to the Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility, which also stores data collected by other institutions (the Finnish Museum of Natural History and other natural history collections, the Natural Resources Institute Finland, hobbyist associations, and non-governmental organisations).

Further information: Liukko, U.-M., Henttonen, H., Hanski, I. K., Kauhala, K., Kojola, I., Kyheröinen, E.-M. & Pitkänen, J. 2016. The 2015 Red List of Finnish Mammal Species (in Finnish with English summary). Ministry of the Environment & Finnish Environmet Centre. 34 p.

Tiainen, J., Mikkola-Roos, M., Below, A., Jukarainen, A., Lehikoinen, A., Lehtiniemi, T., Pessa, J., Rajasärkkä, A., Rintala, J., Sirkiä, P. & Valkama, J. 2016. The 2015 Red List of Finnish Bird Species (in Finnish with English summary). Ministry of the Environment & Finnish Environmet Centre. 49 p.

The Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility