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Assessment of threatened habitat types in Finland


Workshop in Helsinki 29-30 October 2019: Red Lists of Ecosystems (RLE) in Europe – similarities and differences in approaches

The RLE workshop offered an excellent insight into the threat assessments of habitat types / ecosystems prepared in several European countries and gave an opportunity to learn from the experiences of others. The outcome of the workshop will be prepared  soon and added to this website.


The second assessment of threatened habitat types in Finland was finalized ten years after the first assessment, in 2018. Of the total number of habitat types, 48% are categorized threatened in the whole country. The proportion of threatened habitat types is greatest in the groups of seminatural grasslands and forests.

In the second threat assessment the total number of habitat types is c. 400 and they are divided into eight groups: the Baltic Sea, its coast, inland waters and shores, mires, forests, rocky habitats, seminatural grasslands and grazed woodlands, and fell habitats. The methodology has been revised to follow the new international criteria developed by the IUCN (IUCN Red List of Criteria for Ecosystems).

Photo: Anne Raunio

Further information

  • Senior Research Scientist Tytti Kontula, Finnish Environment Institute, tel. +358 295 251 294, firstname.lastname@ymparisto.fi
  • Head of Unit Anne Raunio, Finnish Environment Institute, tel. +358 295 251 547, firstname.lastname@ymparisto.fi
Published 2018-12-18 at 9:16, updated 2019-12-19 at 8:43