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Certified organic collection areas in State-Owned Multiple Use Forests

The certification of organic collection areas serves the companies that purchase natural berries and natural products from gatherers, who need to establish the organic origin of the ingredients. The introduction to the model explains why northern forest areas are well suited for organic wild collection, which forest materials are produced under certification, and what products the materials are used for.

Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd has extensive forest resource information on its multiple use forests. The forest resource information can also be utilized in the verification of the authenticity of the organic origin of a product.

Chemical fertilizers and pesticides that are prohibited in organic production are only used in marginal amounts, and up to 97–99% of the forest area of Finland is suitable for organic activities.

The organic collection area certificate functions in parallel with the wood production certificates.

Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd has participated in organic collection area certification in Lapland since 2000. Youngfour Oy, which is owned by the Finnish 4H Federation, is responsible for the organic assessment of the multiple use forests owned by Metsähallitus.

The certification method used for verifying the quality and origin of forest plants, which was designed for forest environments, can also be demonstrated on site. The certification system for organic collection areas is based on the EU regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products. In Finland, organic certification falls under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

The Finnish Food Authority maintains the national production guidelines and the local Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment are responsible for the monitoring, inspections, and decisions.

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Demonstration of the approach

The approach can be demonstrated at the Science Centre Pilke or during a tour of the Metsähallitus sites.


The Finnish 4H Federation / Youngfour Oy

Contact person

Metsähallitus Communications Officer Aino Ilkka,

Additional information


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