Underwater Marine Conservation in State-owned Waters

Metsähallitus manages state-owned lands and waters stretching across about one third of Finland’s surface area, or more than 120,000 km². Roughly one quarter of this, or over 28,000 km², are marine areas and about 6,000 km² are lakes. Most of the water bodies are state-owned public water areas, but many different nature reserves also encompass water courses.

Metsähallitus produces data

The main aim of the marine conservation work is to ensure the good status of biodiversity and species of the Finnish underwater nature. This is done by planning the management and sustainable use of state-owned marine areas and the marine conservation network. We also strive to bring the Finnish marine nature into a good ecological status according to the Marine Strategy Directive. Our marine underwater inventory data is also used in monitoring, marine spatial planning and other political decision making.

The data in the field of marine biology is collected by mapping natural underwater features (species and habitats) in marine areas. Our work is part of the Finnish Inventory Programme for the Underwater Marine Environment (VELMU). Parks & Wildlife Finland cooperates closely with local organisations and international research projects.

Parks & Wildlife Finland Marine Conservation Contacts

  • Eastern Gulf of Finland (from Helsinki to Kotka): Maiju Lanki
  • Western parts of Gulf of Finland: Aija Nieminen
  • Archipelago Sea and southern part of Bothnian Sea: Heidi Arponen
  • Northern part of Bothnian Sea, Kvarken and Bothnian Bay: Essi Keskinen
  • Development of marine inventories and conservation: Anu Riihimäki

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