Reservation of an area as a nature reserve
- Nationwide except the Åland Islands
- Public service
The land owner can propose an area (an estate or a parcel thereof) to be protected as a part of the METSO Programme or to promote voluntary mire conservation. Alternatively, the establishment of a nature reserve can begin on the initiative of the ELY Centre for the implementation of a nature conservation programme or land use.
If the area fulfils the protection criteria and a compensation (private protected area) or a possible property sale (the ownership of nature reserve is acquired by the state) is agreed the area (either the whole property or a parcel thereof) will be established as a nature reserve. The final result is the decision establishing a nature reserve.
Do the following
Detailed information, instructions and forms are provided in the website metsonpolku.fi. The online service of METSO forest conservation programme is the preferred communication method. The average processing time is 6 to 12 months.
To whom and on what terms
In order to use the service, you will need the cadastre ID of the site in question. The conditions and the criteria relating to the establishment of a nature reserve can be found in the Metsonpolku online service and the website of the Ministry of the Environment.
The service is free of charge.