The functions of biodiversity in the upcoming regions

The tasks of promoting biodiversity and environmental protection would have changed due to the envisaged regional reform, as some of the tasks of environmental management of existing Centers for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment would have been transferred to the new provinces and part of the State Licensing and Supervision Authority in Luova. In addition, biodiversity is promoted by a number of stakeholders such as the Finnish Environment Institute, Metsähallitus and the Finnish Forestry Centre. During the preparatory phase of the regional reform, it was seen as essential to strengthen awareness of the promotion of biodiversity and to get the multilateral network to work together. MDI compiled Finnish views on the question of biodiversity and the importance of those services based on it. The authorities’ views of biodiversity are also surveyed through an electronic survey and regional workshops. During the survey, a nationwide stakeholder meeting was also held in Helsinki. The outputs of the work commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment are formulated as development suggestions and tools for information guidance. The work was completed in early 2019.