The Ministry of the Environment is responsible for preparing matters to be submitted for consideration by the Government and Parliament, such as matters concerning communities, the built environment, housing, biodiversity, sustainable use of natural resources and environmental protection.
The Ministry of the Environment leads national efforts and encourages cooperation in
- promoting sustainable development,
- securing a good living environment, and
- safeguarding biodiversity for both current and future generations.
Within its own administrative branch, the Ministry is responsible for
- strategic planning
- providing guidance and resources
- drafting legislation
- international cooperation
The Ministry of the Environment's administrative branch includes the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and the Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA).
In matters falling within its remit, the Ministry of the Environment directs the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres).
The Ministry also guides and funds Parks & Wildlife Finland within Metsähallitus, the state enterprise administering state-owned land and water areas.