Lapland Regional Environment Centre
The Lapland Regional Environment Centre (LREC) is part of the Finnish environmental administration; the Centre is a regional environmental actor promoting the interests of the population and their environment.
International participation is an essential part of the Centre's work. Lapland borders on three countries: Sweden, Norway and Russia. It is the northernmost area in the European Union and the only Finnish province lying within the Arctic zone.
Sub-arctic, clean, attractive
Extreme temperature variations and sharp contrasts in light are characteristic of Lapland but due to the Gulf Stream the climate is sub-arctic. Every season is clearly different, displaying a remarkable variety of the colours and shapes of nature. An unspoilt environment, clean local food and drinking water, as well as a high level of social security contribute to the quality of life in Lapland.
Nature conservation has a significant role; Finland's largest natural parks and the last untouched wilderness areas in Western Europe are in Lapland. The network of protected areas is one of the region’s attractions for tourism. Other important sources of livelihood for the 190,000 inhabitants are trade, the forest and metal industries, forestry, education, other services, and advanced technology. Reindeer herding is still very much alive in Lapland, providing a living for both the Sami people and other local inhabitants.
Main responsibilities and location
The main responsibilities of the Lapland Regional Environment Centre encompass the use and management of water resources; water supplies; flood control; prevention of environmental damage and hazards; legal inspection of construction projects for the Water Court; environmental protection; land use planning; nature conservation; environmental research; monitoring and restoration of lakes, rivers and catchment areas; nature-related recreation activities; and cooperation with the neighbouring countries, Sweden, Norway and Russia.
The LREC employs about 150 people on a permanent basis, but this number increases seasonally by as many as 400-500 persons. The Centre’s main office is in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland.
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