METSO forest biodiversity program - A new way of conservation thinking

The Finnish forest biodiversity program METSO aims to halt the ongoing decline in the biodiversity of forest habitats and species, and establish stable and favourable trends in forest ecosystems. Based on compensations paid for voluntary conservation efforts of private forest owners, METSO is an innovative approach to forest biodiversity conservation. Find out more.


Interim review of METSO Programme reveals voluntary conservation to be a success

According to an interim review, the sites protected under the METSO Forest Biodiversity Programme have a very high nature value and supplement Finland’s nature conservation area network well. The METSO Programme, which is based on voluntary conservation, is also widely valued by forest owners and other interest groups.
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FACT SHEET - METSO Programme in brief

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