Ambassador profile


  Name: Iiro Ikonen
  Function: Project coordinator
  Country: Finland
  E-mail: Iiro.ikonen(at)landscape(dot)fi
  Tel: +35 84082 56610

Organisation profile


  Organisation: Association for traditional rural landscapes in SW Finland
  E-mail: Iiro.ikonen(at)landscape(dot)fi
  Tel: +35 84082 56610
  Established: 1990-2005
  Category: NGO
  Number of staff: 3
Site profile
  Site name: Rekijokilaakso River Valley  
  Location: Somero municipality, SW Finland  
  Land area: 1,209 ha  
  Nearest urban settlement: Somero  
  Natura 2000 ID: FI0200102  
  Annual visitor count: 5,000 visitors per year  
  Majority of visitors from: Finland  
  Site description:

Dry to mesic meadows, other meadow types, herb rich forests, many decayed trees.


All species
  Species code Latin name Common / local name
    Pteromys volans Flying squirrel
    Parnassius mnemosyne Clouded Apollo
    Carex atherodes Sedge-species
All habitats (* indicates priority habitats)
  Habitat code Common / local name
  6270* Dry to mesic meadows
  6430 Filipendula meadows
  6510 Mowed meadows
  9050 Herb-rich forests
  9070 Fennoscandian wooded pastures
Stakeholder profile        
  Stakeholder activity in the management planning process:
  Stakeholder group activity level
  hi ←       → nil
  Local Government        
  Central Government        
  Private landowners        
  Green NGOs        
  Private sector        
  Private individuals        
  Recreational groups        
Stakeholder success stories

Rekijokilaakso river valley management plan

The management plan combined information gained from questionnaires and ecological and historical research. The plan was delivered freely for all the farmers in the area and increased the number and quality of Agri-Environmental Special Support Scheme agreements in this Natura 2000 site.


Voluntary camps

The association for traditional rural landscapes has arranged some voluntary actions on the Rekijokilaakso site during previous years. Our association will mow two areas in the Rekijokilaakso in 2007. The first managed area is in Rekijoki village (Koskela pasture) and second one is in Nikkalanoja -rivulet. The same areas were already managed in previous years and we are continuing the management by mowing in the long term in order to compare the differences between the effects of mowing and grazing to the vegetation layer (grazed areas are nearby).


Mowing competition

The association for tradtional rural landscapes initiated and organised the River Valley World Championship mowing contest in the Rekijokilaakso river valley in 2004. We observed and used the format of the mowing contest in Norway Hjartdalen. The contest was a joint effort between our association, Southeast Somero village association, "Landscape Train" -management project and Interreg IIIA -project "Traditional cultures meet". This resulted in a good mixture of hands-on work, ecology, practical management and traditional culture, competitions, pulling the rope, dancing etc. A strong group of Estonians participated in the mowing and cultural happenings.

Photo credit: None
Communication profile

Activities and products for the communication of Natura 2000


Action plan meetings
Guided visits


  Event frequency
A few times a year


  Use of seasonal workers / volunteers


  Kind of work / volunteering opportunities
Planning and management:
Volunteers can participate every year in voluntary camps where basic restoration and annual mowing of traditional rural biotopes are carried out.


  The organisation has a dedicated communication strategy for Natura 2000


  Site involved in joint working / networking


Site management profile
"Rekijokilaakso river valley management"
  Key site management issues:


Dry to mesic meadows and wooded pastures must be managed by rotational grazing in order to enhance the biodiversity of the site. One of the most northern populations of Clouded Apollo lives on the site. Some of the areas have old-growth forest and these can be left untouched.


  Integration of Natura 2000 in overall site management:


Finnish Agri-Environmental programmes support and give priority to sites within Natura 2000. This helps to reduce the general negative attitude towards Natura 2000.


  Key site management objectives:


  • To increase the number of well-managed areas
  • To take into account some flagship species such as the flying squirrel and Clouded Apollo
  • Increase the quality of the site management
  • Communicate Natura 2000
  • Increase tourism and products


  Stakeholders targeted as part of management action:


  • Local and regional authorities
  • Farmers
  • Associations such as local village associations in Somero municipalities, Finnish landscape associations, nature conservation associations, and associations interested in rare species such as for example butterflies, dragonflies etc.
  • Entrepreneurs


  Description of work carried out / methods and methodology:


  • Planning (for more information, see the following publication: Ikonen, Iiro, "An assessment of the favourable conservation status of the Rekijoki river valley habitats. Southwest Finland regional environment centre 2002." (The Finnish Environment 594.) - 123 s.)
  • Farm visits
  • Questionnaires


  Results of action and activities:


  • Increased management of the site
  • Several basic restoration projects
  • The situation is now getting better


  Indication of budget allocation for these tasks:


Several financiers - Euro 30,000


Financial overview
  Organisational budget for nature conservation (annual):


50% of total budget


  Budget reserved for communication:


15% of total budget


  European funding:


EAFRD (advising) (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development)


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