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Compensation for damage caused by protected animals and prevention of damage

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

You can apply for grant, compensation and aid for damage and to prevent damage caused by protected species under the Nature Conservation Act at the ELY Centre.

Grant, compensation and aid will be granted on a discretionary basis

  • to the prevention of damage caused by protected animals,
  • compensation for damage caused by protected animals,
  • supporting reindeer husbandry to compensate for the da ...

Do the following

Apply for grants, compensation and aid as well as their payment electronically in the regional administration’s e-service. The KEHA Centre pays the grants in accordance with the decision of the ELY Centre.

To speed up the handling of your case, please read the information and complete your application carefully.

How to apply

Apply for grants, compensation and aid as well as their payment primarily in the regional administration’s e-service. To log in to the service, you need strong authentication with your bank ID, mobile certificate or certificate card.

If the use of the e-service is not possible or you do not have the necessary tools for strong authentication, you can apply for a printable form. Submit the application and its attachments to the ELY Centre in whose area the damage occurred. You can submit the application to the ELY Centre’s registry by post, e-mail, by submitting a general e-service form for the ELY Centre or for private individuals of the ELY Centre. If you apply for payment using the printable form, submit the payment application to the KEHA Centre.

Obtain the necessary attachments for the application.

Please note that some applications can only be submitted electronically.

Information about authorisation

A person authorised can submit the application in the regional administration e-services. Persons without separate authorisation can act on behalf of an organisation only if they have an existing mandate for transactions or a right based on register data. The authorisation to use the services is given in Suomi.fi e-Authorizations. Mandate roles ensure that the persons preparing and sending grant applications have the right to represent the organisation.

The mandate for transactions required when using the regional administration e-services is called Työllisyyden, ympäristön, elinkeinotoiminnan ja liikenteen valtioavustusten hakeminen (Applying for government grant for employment, environment, business activities and transport). The authorisation is subject to the valid instructions of the Suomi.fi service.

Authorised persons use the e-service on behalf of their organisation through Suomi.fi e-Identification. You can log into the e-service with your personal banking IDs, a mobile certificate or a certificate card after you have been authorised.

In addition to Suomi.fi e-Authorizations, organisations need their business ID to use the e-services.

To whom and on what terms

Grants for the prevention of damage can be granted for the procurement of goods and services, as well as for research and development. You cannot apply for compensation to repair damage to buildings.

Grants for the prevention of agricultural and animal damage and damages caused by the golden eagle to reindeer husbandry and the osprey to fish farms may be granted to natural persons, enterprises and other entities, with the exception of central government accounting offices.

Grants for the prevention of damage to buildings may be granted to natural persons and other entities, with the exception of central government accounting offices.

As crop damage can be compensated the damages caused by protected animals to fields, gardens, nurseries and harvests. Compensation for agricultural damage can be paid to a company operating in primary agricultural production.

As animal damage can be compensated the damages caused by protected animals to a farmed animal or to a domestic animal, with the exception of damage caused by the golden eagle to reindeer husbandry and osprey to fish farms.

Compensation for animal damage can be paid to a natural person, a company operating in primary agricultural production and reindeer herding cooperative.

Reindeer husbandry aid based on the nesting of the golden eagle may be granted to the reindeer herding cooperative. The aid is limited to the area of golden eagles nesting in the reindeer husbandry area or to partial retreats.

Fisheries aid may be granted to undertakings in the fish farming sector on the basis of the calculated value of farmed fish used to feed the salvage.

Conditions for payment

Payment of the grant, compensation and aid shall be conditional on the injured party having tried to prevent the damage from occurring or its extension by reasonable means available to him. The injured party has filed the damage immediately after finding the damage to the authority. The damage must always be verified by an independent expert approved by the ELY Centre.

In addition, the beneficiary must not have received any other public funding for the same action.

The application shall indicate:

  • the damage caused by which animal species is involved,
  • when and where the damage occurred,
  • the nature and amount of the damage; and
  • whether and to what extent the claimant receives compensation on the basis of insurance or other legislation.

The eligible costs shall be the costs of damage caused as a direct consequence of the damage event.

Background information

The service is provided by

KEHA Centre, ELY Centre

Other responsible organisations

ELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for Lapland, KEHA Centre, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Häme

Responsible for the service

ELY Centre
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 5/12/2023