Nature programme

In the autumn of 2021, Metsä Group launched a ten-year nature programme to finance regionally effective development projects that are carried out outside commercial Finnish forests and support biodiversity and the state of waters.

The projects may relate to bird waters and wetlands, watercourse routes, small waters and coastal environments, pollinator habitats or new water protection methods.

Positive impacts on biodiversity or the state of waters

For funding to be granted, the project must have proven positive impacts on biodiversity or the state of waters, the applicant must have provided Metsä Group with accurate and adequate information about the funded project, an analysis must have been carried out on different sources of funding, the project must be launched in accordance with the application, and the applicant must meet the monitoring and reporting requirements.

In project assessments, Metsä Group cooperates with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of the Environment, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the University of Eastern Finland and the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK).

Programme's second round of financing application has started!

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New projects are selected for the programme anually

Roughly 30 projects took part in the round of applications, which ended in late May 2022. The following projects were selected for the programme, with a total financial investment by Metsä Group of approximately EUR 250,000.

  • Rehabilitation and renovation of the Capeenpuro in Laukaa
  • Pölyttäjälinna- project in Salo
  • Rehabilitation and renovation of Kalkkistenkoski in Asikkala
  • Vilajoki biodiversity project in Lappeenranta
  • Simpelejärvi renovation work in South Karelia
  • Meidän jälkemme biodiversity project in West-Saimaa
  • Järvi Tarkka shore meadow project in Kauhajoki
  • Nationwide waterfowl resting area project
  • Wetland project in Kauhava
  • A project to transfer migratory fish to Kemi and Ounasjoki

For further information about the programme, please send an e-mail to: luonnonhoidonohjelma[at]metsagroup.com