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Helmi habitats programme

The Helmi habitats programme strengthens biodiversity in Finland and ensures the vital ecosystem services provided by nature. At the same time, it contributes to the efforts to mitigate climate change and adapt to it.
Helmi-ohjelman logo, taustalla kuva suosta Luhtapohjan suojelualueella.
© Ympäristöministeriön kuvapankki

The Helmi programme aims to tackle the main direct cause of biodiversity loss in Finnish nature: decrease in habitats and deterioration of their quality. Impactful action is taken for the benefit of biodiversity.

Collaborative effort to implement the Helmi programme

The Helmi programme is a joint programme of the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, implemented together by the administrative branches of both ministries and by municipal authorities and associations. Actions are targeted to sites both within and outside the protected areas. The measures under the programme are based on voluntary action by landowners.


Päivi Gummerus-Rautiainen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of the Environment, Natural Environment Department, tel. +358 295 250 240,


Ministry of the Environment