The Finnish Government has issued a resolution on how the functions vital to society are secured in all circumstances. The Strategy for Securing the Functions Vital to Society defines the responsibilities and tasks of the sectors under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry as well.
Strategic tasks of sectors under the Ministry of Agriculture and ForestryFlood risk management and dam safety
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry ensures that floods, flood damages and dam failures are prevented and averted and preparedness to mitigate their consequences is maintained.Safeguarding the primary production of food supply
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry ensures, in line with the objectives established by the Government, that the sufficiency, quality and safety of foodstuffs for the population is safeguarded by means of adequate domestic agricultural production and emergency stockpiling and by guaranteeing access to the necessary foreign production inputs.Safeguarding the water supply
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry ensures that the access to clean water as well as appropriate wastewater management, required for health and environmental protection, are secured. The Ministry is also responsible for water protection and functioning municipal water services.
Preparing for threats and special situations
The ministries are responsible for preparing for special situations and define the associated responsibilities to the agencies in each sector.
Threat scenarios and special situations where the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is the competent ministryA serious disruption in water utilities A serious animal or plant disease outbreak or an extensive compromise of food safety Declining conditions in primary production
A pandemic or other widespread outbreak of
serious infectious disease Difficulties in obtaining pharmaceuticals
and other health care supplies Health threats caused by a serious nuclear
accident or other hazardous substances Widespread contamination of
drinking water Disruption of foreign trade
Disruption in electric power supply and
fuel imports A serious disturbance in the supply of
daily consumer goods Storms, flood or dam failures requiring
evacuations or causing extensive destruction Heavy metal or chemical concentrations
contents rising above approved limits for health Total contamination of soil and waters to
make them unfit for use Oil and chemical transport accidents in
sea areas and inland waters Long-distance fallout of airborne
pollutants causing destruction of forests Radioactive fallout Mass extinction of species
Threat scenarios and special situations were the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is the supporting ministry