Administration and management

Under the Act on Metsähallitus (234/2016), Metsähallitus is a state-run enterprise steered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and operating in the administrative branch of the same ministry. The task of Metsähallitus is to use, manage and protect state-owned land and water areas under its management in a sustainable manner.

The key operational objectives of Metsähallitus are approved by Parliament as part of the state budget each year. The performance guidance of Metsähallitus’ business operations is the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and the performance guidance of its public administration services is the responsibility of the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in their respective administrative branches. The public administration services are managed separately from the business operations and they are funded from appropriations in the state budget.

Metsähallitus is responsible for the ownership steering of its subsidiaries and associated undertakings in the manner laid down in the State Shareholdings and Ownership Steering Act (1368/2007). The Board of Directors of Metsähallitus approves the principles of good governance observed in the subsidiaries. The policies approved for Metsähallitus also apply to the entire Metsähallitus, including the subsidiaries.

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