Boreal ecosystem conservation

104) Continue and develop European and Nordic cooperation to promote the conservation of biodiversity within boreal ecosystems, and the same level of cooperation between Finland and the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania).

Responsible institutions: Ministry of the Environment

Schedule: 2013

Status in 2018: By virtue of the Finnish initiative, the boreal ecosystem was registered as a pilot project of the EU Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. Member states in the region have actively cooperated and taken part in shaping the process. As a part of the process, Finland has organised seminars, workshops along with excursions, and has promoted the planning of prioritisations and the continuation of the process.
Finland has coordinated the cooperation of boreal expert networks on forests, mires, inland waters and traditional rural biotopes, and has volunteered to help in analysing data from other boreal countries with the Zonation application, designed to prioritise Natura areas. For example, Finland organised workshops on restoration and the prioritisation of nature management in 2017, and on inland waters and the restoration of catchment areas in 2018. The ELO working groups have actively participated in the activities.

Finland coordinated and completed two projects funded by the Nordic Council, which yielded information on the role of natural and cultural heritage local sustainable development and on the practices and possibilities of voluntary forest conservation in Sweden, Norway and Finland. 

Further information: The Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process

Storrank, Bo 2017. Unlocking regional potentials: Nordic experiences of natural and cultural heritage as a resource in sustainable regional development.