Increasing the ecological connections and coherence of the Natura 2000 network in South-west Lapland
The project area includes 32 Natura 2000 network sites (over a total area of 363 000 ha) located in south-western Lapland. The area is extremely valuable and vulnerable due to its unique biodiversity and rare limestone soil. Areas outside the Natura 2000 sites are mostly commercial forests, where mining districts and claims, peat industry and building also take place. This includes some small conservation areas protected by the Finnish Nature Conservation Act and Forest Law. Some state-owned areas are protected by the decision of the Forest and Park Service of Finland. The land use of the project area (i.e. areas outside the Natura 2000 sites) is diverse, but approximately 90% is used for forestry and wood production.
The project’s overall objective is to increase ecological connectivity and establish a green infrastructure that will improve the vitality and coherence of the Natura 2000 network in south-western Lapland and raise the biodiversity of the forests in the project area. A series of actions will target the species and habitats of Community importance within the project area, either to improve and restore their conservation status or, in some cases, to maintain a ‘favourable’ conservation status.
Another objective is to increase the biodiversity in the commercial forests and to protect important areas around and between the Natura 2000 sites. The project will specifically target rare, forest-dependent species: the fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa). It is an important indicator species of the good conditions of the respective forest/mires’ habitats and will benefit from conservation actions in areas where their numbers are in decline.
A further goal is to develop the functional co-operation between different authorities concerning voluntary nature and forest protection. The project will also improve the networking of the forest owners in matters concerning the management of biodiversity and the natural and recreational values of their forests.
Conservation actions are expected to result in:
• Protection agreements over 2 800 ha; and
• Restoration actions in the Natura 2000 sites (forest restoration on 50 ha; mire restoration actions on 120 ha).
Restoration and nature management practices outside the Natura 2000 sites are expected to result in:
• Mire restoration over a total of 770 ha;
• Production of dead wood over a total of 200 ha;
• Production of charred and burned wood on 150 ha;
• Nature management plans over a total of 5 000 ha; and
• Green infrastructure and ecological connections across some 250 km in total.
Type of beneficiary
Name of beneficiary
Centre of Economic Development - Transport and the Environment for Lapland
FIN - 96101 Rovaniemi
Phone +358 29 503 7501
Fax +358 16 310340
Name of contact person
Duration of project:
72 months (01/01/2012 - 31/12/2017)
Total budget in euro:
EC contribution in euro with %:
2,555,123.00 (50.00 %)