Parks & Wildlife Finland
Parks & Wildlife Finland is a part of the state-owned enterprise Metsähallitus. Parks & Wildlife Finland is in charge of public administration tasks which are run by two units: National Parks Finland and Wldlife Service Finland.
National Parks Finland
- manages state-owned nature reserves and historic sites
- provides free facilities for visitors to these areas
- compiles GPS data on conservation issues in protected areas
- participates in internaional collaboration on nature conservation
- maintains snowmobile routes.
Wildlife Service Finland
- takes care of state-owned hunting grounds and sells hunting permits
- takes care of state-owned fishing waters and sells fishing permits
- is in charge of supervision of hunting, fishing and snow-mobiling in the wilderness.
Benefits for nature and people
The services of Parks & Wildlife Finland are largely financed from the national government budget. Income from fishing and hunting permits is used to manage hunting grounds and fishing waters. P&WF works with various partners on projects where the public funding is used to leverage wider funding and benefits.
Finland´s national parks welcomed 2.8 million visitors in 2016. The 40th national park was established in 2017 in Hossa, NE Finland. The new national park celebrates Finland's centenary of independence.
The local economy impacts of visitors´ spending in 2016 in Finland’s national parks, national hiking areas and other protected and recreational areas totalled 232.4 million euros.
The brochure Benefits for nature and people is a brief presentation of the work of National Parks Finland.
The operations of National Parks Finland comprise three regional units and three intersecting processes.
The processes of National Parks Finland include
- Protected Area Management Planning
- Nature Conservation
- Recreation and Nature Tourism.
The regional units put these guidelines into action, and are led by a Regional Director.
The Managers of Regional Processes are in charge of the regional operations. Park Superintendents head the local teams.
Wildlife Service Finland is in charge of Game and Fisheries process.
Parks & Wildlife Finland is headed by the Director. Each process is led by a Head of Process ensuring that we follow the guidelines from the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Photo: Schoolchildren on a peatland trip. Photo by Sanna Vapaniemi.