Finvasive LIFE - Awareness building, surveying and controlling invasive alien species (IAS) in Finland -LIFE+

LIFE17 NAT/FI/000528

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Contact details:

Contact person: Titta VIKSTEDT
Tel: +358 406327578
Email: titta.vikstedt@sll.fi

Project description:


Invasive alien species (IAS) are the second biggest threat globally to biodiversity. The species targeted by Finvasive LIFE - giant hogweeds (Heracleum species), the American skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) and Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) - are all on the List of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern. This list is the core of the EU's Regulation on Invasive Alien Species (1143/2014).


Finvasive LIFE will help implement the EU's biodiversity strategy, which aims to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2020. Under this strategy, IAS and their pathways of introduction should be identified, main species controlled or eradicated, and the pathways managed to prevent the introduction and establishment of new invaders.

The project's specific objectives are to:

  • Reduce unintentional spreading of IAS thanks to education;
  • Increase the general public's knowledge of IAS and relevant legislation;
  • Develop a framework for cooperation among stakeholders for future control of IAS in Finland;
  • Develop and disseminate knowledge of non-chemical eradication methods;
  • Eradicate and control the invasive species in Finland on the list of Union concern.
  • Expected results:

  • An internet portal developed with 5 000 new IAS observations made annually and 30 000 in total;
  • 5 000 people participating in eradication work during the project;
  • Training sessions (500 participants) for citizen scientists;
  • Himalayan balsam eliminated on at least 50 sites;
  • Giant hogweed removed completely from south-west Finland (on over 360 sites);
  • Development of a non-chemical method for getting rid of giant hogweed;
  • Eradication of five populations of American skunk cabbage;
  • Lectures (live and online) for home gardeners resulting in 98% removing all target species from their gardens, 50% improving their behaviour and 10% eliminating all harmful species from their gardens;
  • Other educational and dissemination measures will include: a social media campaign, lectures for builders of green infrastructure, tutorial videos on IAS eradication, library exhibitions and talks at schools.



Environmental issues addressed:


Biodiversity issues - Invasive species


monitoring‚  environmental awareness‚  voluntary work

Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • Regulation 1143/2014 - Prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien ...
  • COM(2011) 244 final “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 ...

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC)
Type of organisation NGO-Foundation
Description The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) is the largest non-governmental organisation for environmental protection and nature conservation in Finland. With over 30 000 members, FANC's mission is to protect the environment, promote nature conservation, preserve cultural heritage, and promote active citizenship and environmental awareness.
Partners Finnish Museum of Natural History Luomus, Finland Helsinki University, Finland City of Jyväskylä, Finland Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Finland Riihimäen kaupunki, Finland Luonto-Liitto ry, Finland Marttaliitto ry (The Martha Organisation), Finland


Project reference LIFE17 NAT/FI/000528
Duration 02-JUL-2018 to 31-DEC -2023
Total budget 2,473,531.00 €
EU contribution 1,484,118.00 €
Project location Päijät-Häme(Finland Suomi) Etelä-Karjala(Finland Suomi) Pohjois-Savo(Finland Suomi) Pohjois-Karjala(Finland Suomi) Keski-Suomi(Finland Suomi)


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