Well-Being from Nature
As an actor in bioeconomy, Metsähallitus has a long tradition in the management and use of our renewable natural resource, forests, as well as in the management of fishing waters and game grounds.
Metsähallitus applies an ecosystem- and bioeconomy-based approach in seeking to promote the sustainable use of natural resources and nature conservation and to provide well-being for present and future generations. Reconciliation of ecological, financial, social and cultural sustainability lies at the core of Metsähallitus’ duties.
We manage our forests and waters applying the principle of multiple use. We supply approximately 6 million cubic metres of wood for processing and energy annually. We manage and develop the largest protected areas in Western Europe. We protect the cultural heritage alongside habitats and species. In actively developing our land use, we seek to enable state-owned land and water areas to be of the greatest possible benefit to Finnish society. In areas where land-use plans are in force, year-round business can be built to benefit local businesses and enhance regional vitality. We promote the fulfilment of Finland’s climate objectives through the development of wind power areas.
Nature – Finland’s largest physical exercise facility – is open all year round. National parks, hiking destinations, multiple-use forests and water areas with services, road networks and hiking structures provide an ideal setting for fishing, hunting and hiking, activities that promote health and generate income for the local economy.
- Health and well-being from Finnish national parks – A study on benefits perceived by visitors (publication at julkaisut.metsa.fi, in Finnish: Terveyttä ja hyvinvointia kansallispuistoista – Tutkimus kävijöiden kokemista vaikutuksista; summary in English on p. 43)