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Initiative: Protecting and restroring SuoMaa

The watershed ridge area of Suomenselkä-Maanselkä (SuoMaa) is a large-scale horizontal ecological corridor that connects forests and mires of Western Finland to the Russian Karelian taiga. The SuoMaa initiative, launched by the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation in May 2016, suggest 274 sites to be saved, protected or restored in order to safeguard the still remaining original taiga nature and connectivity of the corridor.

SuoMaan ilmeen ja kartan suunnittelu: Anna MattssonThe future of the taiga fauna in Finland depends on the connectivity of forests and mires to the vast taiga areas in Russia. The watershed ridge area of Suomenselkä-Maanselkä (SuoMaa) is a large-scale horizontal ecological corridor that connects forests and mires of Western Finland to the Russian Karelian taiga. Numerous valuable natural sites still remain unprotected and are threatened by intensive forestry and peat energy production.

The SuoMaa initiative, launched by the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation in May 2016, suggest 274 sites to be saved, protected or restored in order to safeguard the still remaining original taiga nature and connectivity of the corridor. The initiative covers 78 000 hectars in eight Finnish counties on the lands owned by the government, companies (e.g. UPM, Tornator, Finsilva, Vapo) as well as municipalities and the church.

SuoMaa-esitys kohteet

The initiative is vital when completing the endeavours of Mire Protection Program and the Forest Biodiversity Programme for Southern Finland (METSO).

Locations, delineations and descriptions of each valuable natural site are available in pdf-format at this site (www.sll.fi/suomaa).

 

Contact

Laura Ahopelto
project manager
Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC)
laura.ahopelto@sll.fi

www.sll.fi/suomaa