Species hot spots

26) Identify key species concentrations in Finland, which would facilitate the safeguarding of viable populations of several species groups at the same time.

Responsible institutions: Ministry of the Environment

Schedule: 2013–2020

Status in 2018: The Finnish Environment Institute investigated the most important species hot spots in 2016. The investigation included threatened (categories CR, EN and VU), near threatened (NT), and extinct (EX) species. For mammals and birds, the species status was determined by the Red List from 2015, and for other species the status was determined by the Red List from 2010. Distribution data was collected from the Eliölajit database.

Maps from the investigation are added to the Action Plan for Species Protection, which was published in 2017. In chapter 5 of the action plan, there is also a description of data and methodology, and a short summary of found species hot spots. The maps of species hot spots are available for different projects.

The investigation is preliminary and is partially based on insufficient data. Therefore, a new investigation is needed when more species data is available.

Further information: Species protection at the joint website of Finland's environmental administration https://www.ymparisto.fi/en-US/Nature/Species

Ministry of the Enviroment 2017. Action plan for protection of threatened species. Suomen ympäristö 2/2017. Helsinki. 170 p.