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Temporary protection closure of a land area

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

A land owner can propose a site for protection under the METSO Programme for conservation purposes. The ELY Centre may also propose closure, for example, to protect a breeding site of the Siberian flying squirrel.

If the site is deemed suitable for protection, an agreement is concluded and appended to the cadastre.

Temporary protection closure orders help promote biodiversity. The land owner will be compensated for any economic losses.

Do the following

Detailed information, instructions and forms are provided in the Metsonpolku online service. The electronic form is the preferred communication method.

To whom and on what terms

In order to use the service, you will need the cadastre ID of the site in question.

Further information about whether your site is suitable for a protection closure order is available from the Metsonpolku online service and the website of the Ministry of the Environment.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Other responsible organisationsELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for Häme, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia
Responsible for the serviceCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 7/3/2020