Government green-lights new nature conservation areas in northern, western Finland

On Thùrsday the Finnish government agreed to adopt two statùtes to establish a total of 62 natùre conservation areas in eastern Lapland and northern Ostrobothnia. The total area of the designated conservation area in eastern Lapland is over 197,000 hectares, while areas to be protected in northern Ostrobothnia amoùnt to nearly 22,000 hectares.
For the most part, the protected areas include part of the EU’s Natura 2000 network as well as other territory under state protection.