Finland’s Sustainable Growth Programme: forest projects
In line with the objectives of the Government Programme, the Sustainable Growth Programme for Finland supports growth that is ecologically, socially and economically sustainable. Funding for the Programme comes from the one-off EU recovery package ‘Next Generation EU’ (NGEU) and, in particular, its Recovery and Resilience Facility RRF, which is why the project applications related to the Programme are also called RRF applications.
The programme is divided into four pillars. The first one (Pillar 1: green transition supports structural change in the economy and a carbon-neutral welfare society) includes an investment of EUR 10 million in projects supporting the climate change resilience and biodiversity of forestry in 2022–2025. The projects are selected through open calls for applications organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Funds will be invested in development and training projects related to forestry that support climate change resilience and biodiversity. Projects to be funded:
- develop forest management and treatment methods that ensure climate change resilience and preserve biodiversity, also taking into account the needs related to continuous cover forestry,
- improve value creation that supports the climate change resilience of forestry and biodiversity and the efficiency of the chains of forest measures, and develop new innovations to be utilised nationally and globally, or
- promote the practical implementation of forestry practices that support climate change resilience and biodiversity through training.
Funding is granted on the basis of the Government Decree on climate change resilient measures in the land use sector, which supports Finland’s carbon neutrality target 2035. The call for applications is part of the ‘Catch the Carbon’ package of climate measures coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
The first call for applications concerning measures that support the climate change resilience and biodiversity of forests, organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, was open from 9 November to 15 December 2021. A total of EUR 7 million in funding will be allocated to the projects to be selected, and they will get started in March 2022. The second, supplementary call for applications will be opened towards the end of 2022.
For information on the calls for applications in social media, use #KestäväKasvu and #HiilestäKiinni.
Niina Riissanen, metsäneuvos
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Natural Resources Department, Unit for Forests and Bioenergy Telephone:0295162339
Joel Järvinen, Senior Specialist
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Natural Resources Department, Unit for Forests and Bioenergy Telephone:0295162133
Aleksi Nurmi, Specialist
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Natural Resources Department, Unit for Forests and Bioenergy Telephone:0295162136