The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry steers Finnish policies relating to the sustainable use of natural resources in line with Finnish Government and EU policies. This Ministry’s administrative work covers agriculture and horticulture, rural development, forestry, veterinary services, controls over foodstuffs of animal origin, fisheries, game management and reindeer husbandry, the use of water resources, and land surveying.The Natural Resources Strategy of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry specifies how Finland’s renewable natural resources must be used and managed in sustainable ways. The strategy also defines specific objectives related to the sustainable use of natural resources.
Natural resource indicators measure the state and sustainable use of natural resources. Indicators have been established for agriculture, forestry, fisheries, reindeer husbandry, game management, water resources and natural resources in rural development.
These web pages present some of the key issues related to the sustainable use and conservation of Finland’s renewable natural resources, including biodiversity, invasive alien species, peatlands, and sustainable development.