The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) is the largest non-governmental organization for environmental protection and nature conservation in Finland. The purpose of the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation is to protect the environment, promote nature conservation, preserve cultural heritage, and promote active citizenship and environmental awareness.

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

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.

FANC’s headquarters is centrally located in Helsinki, and it consists of three units, which are the following:

  • The Nature and Environmental Protection Unit (Luonnon- ja ympäristönsuojelu);
  • The Communication and Marketing Unit (Viestintä ja markkinointi); and
  • The Administration and Financial Unit (Talous ja hallinto).

Over 30 000 members and 15 district organizations nationwide

FANC has over 30,000 individual members in about 180 local member associations in 15 county-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.

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) and runs its own nature history museum.

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.

Important fields of work are:

  • forest protection
  • climate change prevention and sustainable energy policy
  • mire and water protection
  • sustainable production and consumption and ecological fiscal reform
  • management and protection of cultural landscapes
  • land use issues and protection of endangered species
  • waste policy and chemicals

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.

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)

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.

There are about 30 specialists working in nature and environmental protection, administration, communication and marketing at the headquarters and at the Suomen Luonto periodical.

More information:

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

President of the Board Mr. Harri Hölttä

Executive Director Mrs Päivi Lundvall