Finnish Association for Nature Conservation

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The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation
Abbreviation FANC
Formation January 1, 1938; 77 years ago (1938-01-01)
Type NGO
Legal status Association
Purpose Environmental protection, nature conservation
Headquarters Helsinki
  • Kotkankatu 9 00510 Helsinki
private persons
Official language
Executive Director
Eero Yrjö-Koskinen
Key people
President of the Board Risto Sulkava
employs 15 people at its regional offices across Finland, about 30 specialists working in nature and environmental protection
over 34,000

The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) (in Finnish: Suomen luonnonsuojeluliitto (SLL) is the largest non-governmental organization for environmental protection and nature conservation in Finland with over 34,000 members. It was established in 1938, but the oldest local member association, The Kuopio Nature Friends Association, is over 110 years old (founded in 1896).[1]

Major work[edit]

The major themes of environmental work include:

  • forest protection
  • climate change prevention and sustainable energy policy
  • mire and water protection
  • sustainable production and consumption and ecological fiscal reform
  • management and protection of cultural landscapes
  • land use issues and protection of endangered species
  • waste policy and chemicals
  • hosting the European EKOenergy Secretariat


Suomen Luonto (Nature of Finland)is published by the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation. It is Finland's largest nature magazine.


In the logo is the Saimaa ringed seal, an endemic animal (only in Finland). Its future is endangered.