Relationship with the forest is living heritage

The Finnish forest relationship was among the first to be included in the National Inventory of Living Heritage.

The Ministry of Education and Culture approved the Finnish Heritage Agency’s proposal for the National Inventory of Living Heritage on 23 November 2017.

The Finnish forest relationship was submitted for the status of living heritage by communities with forest-related activities, led by Lusto – The Finnish Forest Museum. The forest’s multidimensional significance in Finnish culture is strongly reflected in the inventory. Living heritage is intangible cultural heritage, meaningful to communities and still present in people’s everyday lives. You can read more about the Finnish forest relationship in the inventory here.

Finland signed the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013. The convention promotes the protection and awareness of the significance of living intangible cultural heritage. It emphasises transmitting traditions, cultural diversity and people’s involvement in cultural heritage. The Finnish Heritage Agency is responsible for its implementation in Finland.

Finland is known worldwide as a land of forests, and it could also be known for its living relationship with the forest and forest cultural heritage. Finland has a lot to offer to the UNESCO inventory of intangible cultural heritage, in particular in the domains of nature and the universe, which only covers ten percent of the items in the inventory.