Parks & Wildlife Finland and Marine Habitats Inventory
Metsähallitus manages the state-owned land and water areas, which cover about one third of Finland’s area, more than 120 000 km². About a quarter of this area, over 30 000 km², is on the sea. Most of the water areas are state-owned public water areas, but many different nature reserves also include water areas.
We Produce Data
The main aim of our marine biological work is to make inventories on natural features of marine areas. The produced data is made use of in planning the management and sustainable use of the state-owned sea areas, especially recreational use of marine and coastal areas, and conserving their biodiversity.
Our work is part of the Finnish Inventory Programme for the Underwater Marine Environment (VELMU). Parks & Wildlife Finland cooperates closely with local organisations, as well as with international research projects.
Marine biological work also includes management planning of the areas, monitoring species and natural habitat types, international cooperation and research.
Parks & Wildlife Finland Marine Inventory Contacts
- Eastern Gulf of Finland: Conservation Biologist Ari O. Laine
- Western Gulf of Finland: Conservation Biologist Mats Westerbom
- The Archipelago Sea and the southern part of the Bothnian Sea: Conservation Biologist Heidi Arponen
- The northern part of the Bothnian Sea, Kvarken and the southernmost part of the Bothnian Bay: Conservation Biologist Pekka Lehtonen
- Bothnian Bay (the northernmost corner of the Bothnian Bay): Conservation Biologist Essi Keskinen
- Whole of Finland: Senior Advisor Jan Ekebom