Finland’s low population density (the third lowest in Europe, behind Iceland and Norway) has helped spare nature from the brunt of intensive human activity. Nevertheless, over-management of forests has resulted in the drainage of natural peatlands, reducing biodiversity therein.
Though sparsely populated, 51% of Finland’s habitats are endangered. Many of these are meadows and peat bogs, which have been drained by water engineering projects used to expand managed forests. Many species of endangered wildlife in Finland are supported by these threatened landscapes, which are their homes. This fact alone underscores the important link between habitat and species preservation.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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A rare example of pristine Finnish bogland, this protected area also features old-growth forests and a vast array of native wildlife.
Ancient forests shade the valleys of primordial mountains in this newly formed protected area, connecting Finland’s oldest national park with a larger wilderness.
Eurasian lynx hunt alongside wolves and brown bear in the ancient bogs and forests of this protected area in southern Finland.