The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) is the largest non-governmental organization for environmental protection and nature conservation in Finland. It has been a frontrunner in Finland’s environmental affairs since 1938. The purpose of FANC is to protect the Finnish natural environment, promote nature conservation, preserve cultural heritage and spark up active citizenship and strong environmental awareness.

Together we preserve the Finnish nature - be a force for nature!

We have over 30,000 individual members in about 160 local member associations in 15 county-based district organizations.

Kuva: Raisa Kyllikki Ranta

Over 30 000 members and 15 district organizations nationwide

We have nationwide over 30,000 individual members in about 160 local member associations and 15 country-based district organizations. The Nature League (FANC’s youth organization) operates nationwide and has about 4,500 individual members. Local associations, district organizations and the Nature League are independent, registered associations. FANC’s headquarters is centrally located in Helsinki. There are about 30 specialists working in nature and environmental protection, administration, communication and marketing at the headquarters and at the Suomen Luonto periodical.

Purotalkoot. Kuva: Timo Torpo.
Working to restore a brook. Photo: Timo Torpo.

The central organization was founded in 1938, but the oldest local member association, The Kuopio Nature Friends Association, is over 110 years old (founded in 1896).

Most of the work in the local associations and district organizations is voluntary in nature. FANC employs 15 people at its regional offices across Finland. Regional offices in Turku, Oulu and Lappeenranta have full-time district chiefs, the rest of the offices have part-time employees.

Campaigning against clear-cutting in Tampere, spring 2018. The campaign Avohakkuut historiaan (”make clear-cuts history”), a joint effort by multiple environmental organizations, succeeded to gather over 50,000 valid statements for a citizen´s initiative to ban clear-cuts in state-owned forests.

In order to realize our purpose we

  • act as a link between different environmental organizations,
  • practice publishing, training, environmental education and other educational activities and research,
  • put forward motions and initiatives and issue statements on affairs associated with our field,
  • act in other similar ways to keep the Finnish nature viable, productive, beautiful, diverse and valuable,
  • promote nature protection and sustainable development in the regions affected by Finland as an industrialized country, and
  • participate in the international co-operation in its field.

We above all value knowledge, and all communication made by The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation is carefully rationalized with high-value researched information. Independence of party politics and interest groups ensures that nature is always our number one priority.

Important fields of work are:

Forest protection

We campaign against clear-cutting and promote more sustainable forest management.

Mire and water protection

Our goal is to end peat digging and protect Finland´s last mires in their natural state.

Our goal is ambitious climate policy including clean energy production.

Promoting sustainable energy production

Sustainable production and consumption

Promoting ecological fiscal reform

Land use issues and protection of endangered species

Protecting endangered species and their habitats

Cultural landscapes

We aim to preserve the biodiversity of traditional rural biotopes through low-intensity management.

From local action to international cooperation

To fulfill its purpose, the FANC works on nature conservation and environmental policy on the municipal, regional, national, and EU levels, and follows the UN sustainable development work. FANC cooperates with many environmental organizations in forest protection both in Madagascar and in Russia.

The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation also owns and manages the EKOenergy label, an international ecolabel for renewable energy that is currently available in more than 40 countries.

FANC actively monitors environmental regulations and scientific research. Our experts make well-argued initiatives for preventing and resolving timely environmental issues. The FANC works on nature conservation and environmental policy on municipal, regional, national and EU levels. Our organization follows the UN sustainable development framework. The FANC cooperates with many central environmental organizations in for example forest protection and sustainable energy policy.

In order to better achieve its goals, the FANC works actively as a member of several international coalitions. These include:

  • Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB, a coalition of environmental NGO’s in the Baltic Sea countries)
  • European Environmental Bureau (EEB, a federation of 132 citizens’ environmental organizations in Europe)
  • World Conservation Union (IUCN)
  • OCEAN2012
  • Climate Action Network (CAN)
  • Green Budget Europe (GBE)
  • Taiga Rescue Network (TRN, a network of NGO’s, indigenous peoples and nations working for the protection and sustainable use of the boreal forests)
  • Northern Alliance for Sustainability (ANPED)
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • PAN Europe (Pesticide Action Network)

Support our work!

As a donator, you can choose to allocate your support for endangered species protection, forests, swamps and waters, climate-related work or as a general donation for Finnish nature. To boost the achievement of environmental victories, we all grateful for all support. You can use these following transaction details for support:

Recipient: Suomen luonnonsuojeluliitto Ry
Account number: FI2850000120443071 OKOYFIHH
Label: General / Forests, swamps and waters / Endangered species / Climate / Saimaa ringed seal

More donating options (in Finnish)

More information:

  • FANC headquarters, address: Itälahdenkatu 22a B, 00210 Helsinki, Finland; personnel email addresses are firstname.lastname@sll.fi
  • President of the Board Mr Harri Hölttä, tel. +35840 7229224, harri.holtta(at)sll.fi
  • Executive Director Mrs Päivi Lundvalltel. +358 40 184 3636, paivi.lundvall(at)sll.fi
  • Personnel and direct phone numbers (in Finnish)

President of the Board Mr. Harri Hölttä

Executive Director Mrs Päivi Lundvall