Finnish Wildlife Agency

The Finnish Wildlife Agency promotes sustainable game husbandry, supports the activity of game management associations, and sees to the implementation of wildlife and game policy. The Finnish Wildlife Agency also manages the public administration tasks laid down for it.

The Finnish Wildlife Agency is an independent institution governed by public law. It began its operations on March 1, 2011. The Hunters’ Central Organization and game management districts were merged into the Finnish Wildlife Agency.

Administration of the Finnish Wildlife Agency

The Board has the supreme decision-making authority in the Finnish Wildlife Agency.

The Director-General of the Finnish Wildlife Agency directs and develops operational activities and bears the responsibility for operational performance. He also sees to preparing the matters to be dealt with at the Board of the Finnish Wildlife Agency and implementing decisions.

The Director for Public Administration Tasks is responsible for managing public administration tasks. The Director for Public Administration Tasks is independent of the Director-General’s right to direct work when managing public administration tasks.

Management Group of the Finnish Wildlife Agency consists of persons known as operational process owners, i.e., the managers responsible for the different processes of the Finnish Wildlife Agency. The extended board of the Finnish Wildlife Agency includes regional representatives from three major regions: Western Finland, Eastern Finland, and Northern Finland.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry steers and supervises the activities of the Finnish Wildlife Agency.

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Area of operation of the Finnish Wildlife Agency

The Finnish Wildlife Agency operates across the country except for Åland region. The activity of the Finnish Wildlife Agency is distributed across 15 regions, each of which has a regional office, regional wildlife council, and regional meeting.

Updated 19.4.2013