Implementation of the METSO programme at Metsähallitus
The Forest Biodiversity Programme for Southern Finland (METSO) 2008–2016 was approved by the Finnish Government in March 2008. It continues to promote voluntary conservation schemes similar to those tested in the programme’s pilot phase (2002–2007).
The objective of the programme is to end the decline of forest habitats and forest species and to stabilise the positive development in natural biodiversity. The action programme presents measures aimed both at developing the network of protected areas and nature management in commercially managed forests.
The action programme focuses on privately-owned forests, but Metsähallitus also has a key role in implementing the programme.
Projects involving Metsähallitus include:
- Collecting basic data on the protected areas
- Developing the network of protected areas (10,000 hectares)
- Nature management measures in commercial forests
- Restoration and nature management of protected areas
Contact persons for Metsähallitus’s METSO programmes:
- Projects concerning nature conservation areas: Senior Conservation Biologist Panu Kuokkanen, Parks & Wildlife Finland.
- e-mail: panu.kuokkanen(at)metsa.fi, tel. +358 206 39 5064
- Measures relating to managed forests: Environment Manager Antti Otsamo, Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd
- e-mail: antti.otsamo(at)metsa.fi, tel. +358 206 39 4442
- METSO Forest Biodiversity Programme in Finland (www.metsonpolku.fi)