Protecting a Critical Climate Stabilization and Traditional Community Boreal Forest Area in Finland

Protecting a Critical Climate Stabilization and Traditional Community Boreal Forest Area in Finland

Organization
Category Nature Conservation

Our project categories represent one of three core solutions pathways to solving climate change. Energy Transition focuses on renewable energy access and energy efficiency. Nature Conservation includes wildlife habitat protection and ecosystem restoration, as well as Indigenous land rights. Regenerative Agriculture supports farmers, ranchers, and community agriculture.

Realm Subarctic Eurasia

The Project Marketplace is organized by the major terrestrial realms divided into 14 biogeographical regions – N. America, Subarctic America, C. America, S. America, Afrotropics, Indomalaya, Australasia, Oceania, Antarctica, and the Palearctic realm, which coincides with Eurasia and is divided into Subarctic, Western, Central, Eastern, and Southern regions.

Status urgent

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Funding Level $

A single $ indicates a small project requiring $50,000 or less.

Partner Quick Response Fund for Nature

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100% of your donation will go directly to support this project. You can also give a gift in honor of a friend or family member. 100% of your donation will go directly to urgently conserving 37 acres of the primary boreal forest of Jaakonvaara. You can also give a gift in honor of a friend or family member.

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Snowchange Cooperative of Finland is urgently seeking funding to conserve 15 hectares (37 acres) of primary boreal forest in Lieksa, Finland. Jaakonvaara is one of the last remaining unprotected primary boreal forests in the region and is in danger of being lost to a forestry company that plans to clear-cut the land. 

Image credit: Courtesy of Snowchange Cooperative

The current owners need to sell quickly and prefer a buyer who will preserve the high conservation value of the forest. Nonprofit Snowchange Cooperative runs the Landscape Rewilding Programme and is seeking funding to acquire and protect the site.

Jaakonvaara has importance for its value as a carbon sink, a biodiversity hotspot—particularly for boreal species, including wolverine and forest birds—and as a key area for natural water protection. The site also has a peatland and a natural stream, positioning it as an important Climate Stabilization Area. 

Image credit: Courtesy of Snowchange Siltaneva

Conversion of the peatland would destroy the natural values and the ecosystem of a globally significant marshmire. If purchased, the site will receive a national conservation status equal to IUCN 1b Strict Natural Protection.

Snowchange Cooperative is a network of northern traditional and Indigenous communities. The land purchase will benefit the traditional land uses and needs of the local community of Jaakonvaara in Lieksa. Jaakonvaara will be used as a recreational and traditional land-use area and will benefit the cultural well-being of the local community. 

Image credit: Courtesy of Snowchange Siltaneva

Additionally, a biocultural artist residency is planned on the site. Next to the forest, there are traditional pine log buildings from the early 1900s so the action protects also boreal cultural heritage and examples of ecological taiga traditional lifestyles. 

Representatives of Jaakonvaara will be involved in the steering and governance of all conservation and future actions affecting the site.

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Your contribution will help ensure the long term success of this important project. Gifts can be made as a tribute to a friend or family member and are tax-deductible for U.S. residents. Please contact us!