IUCN National Committee of Finland

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a network of NGOs and states, promoting environmental protection and the sustainable use of natural resources. The IUCN aims to halt the loss of biodiversity and to use nature-based solutions to eliminate poverty and prevent climate change.

The IUCN's Finnish members include:

  • The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation
  • Natur och Miljö
  • WWF Finland
  • BirdLife Finland
  • Helsinki Zoo
  • Finnish Wildlife Agency
  • Government of Finland, represented by the Ministry of the Environment

These parties have formed Finland's IUCN Committee. The committee represents Finnish members at IUCN. Alongside with the Ministry of the Environment, the state member, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland and the Finnish Environment Institute participate in the committee work. Other organisations in the sector also participate in the committee's activities.

IUCN commissions consist of experts in various fields

Commissions are an important part of IUCN's work. All six Commissions have experts living in Finland. From Finland's viewpoint, the most important are the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), the Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the World Commission on Environment Law (WCEL).

Members of the IUCN National Committee of Finland

The IUCN National Committee of Finland is formed by the Finnish member organisation of the IUCN and the Finnish Government, which is represented in the National Committee by the Ministry of the Environment. The National Committee also includes other ministries and government agencies dealing with nature conservation matters.

National Committee Chair

Mr Matti Nummelin, Docent, Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, [email protected], tel. +358 40 080 2556



  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
    Ms Johanna Niemivuo-Lahti, Ministerial Adviser, [email protected]
  • Ministry for Foreign Affairs
    Ms Outi Myatt-Hirvonen, Senior Adviser, Development Policy (Environment and Climate), [email protected]
  • Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland
    Ms Tiia Tanskanen, Special Coordinator, [email protected]
  • Finnish Environment Institute
    Ms Anne Raunio, Head of Unit, Finnish Environment Institute, [email protected]

Permanent Adviser to the Committee

Ms Henna Haapala, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of the Environment, [email protected]

Ms Lotta Manninen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of the Environment, [email protected]

Further information

Marina von Weissenberg, Senior Ministerial Adviser 
Ministry of the Environment, Department of the Natural Environment, Biodiversity Environment Council  Telephone:0295250321   Email Address: