Agricultural habitats

Finland’s Biodiversity Action Plan comprises five actions for agricultural habitats (action 55–59). Three of these actions under the scope of the Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland 2014–2020 were considered to have become established practice. On the contrary, the implementation of the two actions for traditional rural biotopes was still in progress at the end of 2018, partially lagging behind the schedule.

All of the definitions of Agricultural policy are collected in the Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland 2014–2020. This includes environmental actions which were renewed at the beginning of the Programme period (action 55; established action).

The collection of information on traditional rural biotopes has been delayed. However, the reinventory of traditional riural biotopes will begin in 2019 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021 (action 56; needs a boost).

Biodiversity awareness in agriculture has been raised by many projects and advisory actions. The Leader funding under the  Rural Development Programme also often results in local development projects that increase the cooperation of residents of rural areas in environmental issues. Since 2015 there have no more funds for the planning of wetlands, buffer zones and farm-scale biodiversity actions  (action 57; established action).

Species living in agricultural habitats
have been helped through actions of the Rural Development Programme. The area goals for these action have been mostly met (action 58; on track to completion).

The number of contracts made for the management of high nature value areas has increased. The Rural development Programme includes also non-production based support for the initial clearing and fencing of traditional rural biotopes and natural grazing areas (action 59; on track to completion).