1. Multi-objective management of natural resources and securing ecosystem services
Metsähallitus generates a wide range of goods and services based on the utilisation, management and preservation of natural resources. Metsähallitus is involved in the business areas of forest management and wood procurement, forest management services, forest seed and seedling production, nature-based tourism, land-trading services, land leasing, real estate and the sale of extractable land resources. Cooperation on special areas shared by the Natural Resources Institute Finland, Defence Forces and forestry education contributes to multi-objective management of natural resources. One of the tasks of Metsähallitus is to cherish cultural heritage on government land.
The public administration duties carried out by Metsähallitus’s Natural Heritage Services involve managing protected areas and carrying out other nature conservation tasks, promoting outdoor recreation and handling hunting, fishing and off-road traffic issues.
Metsähallitus’s ISO 14001-certified environmental management system covers the activities of all its business units and subsidiaries. The Board of Directors of Metsähallitus decides on the extent of adoption of the certified environmental management system.
2. Responsibility for the environment
We abide by law and by international agreements ratified by Finland. However, complying with legislation is only the minimum requirement for us, and in forestry we comply with Finland's PEFC forest certification standards.
We comply with statutory regulations, international agreements, our own published environmental commitments and, in forestry, the Finnish forest certification standards. We promote the implementation of international environmental agreements. Our common principle is to reconcile the goals of ecological, economic, social and cultural sustainability. We regularly develop and monitor the knowledge and proficiency of our personnel and contractors in environmental matters.
3. Continuous improvement
The development of our operations is based on our common values and on each individual’s responsibility to continuously improve environmental matters. The major environmental issues related to Metsähallitus’s activities are linked to the utilisation of natural resources, maintaining forest biodiversity, water protection and landscape management. Environmental issues and risks are assessed annually. To manage environmental impacts and constantly improve environment management, we set environmental objectives and specify guidelines and monitoring methods on an annual basis.
4. Openness and co-operation
We openly communicate the economic, ecological and social results of our operations, as well as their environmental impacts and any changes in the level of environmental protection. We offer local residents and stakeholders the opportunity to take part in the planning of the use of natural resources. Through co-operation we play a role in safeguarding the indigenous Sámi culture and their natural means of livelihood.