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Biosphere Reserve pages!


North Karelia Biosphere Reserve encompasses an incredibly rich blend of nature. It is home to approx. 2000 lakes let alone the massive stretch of forest covering approx. 70% of the region.


Major activities around the region (both commercial and private) rely on or involve nature and natural resources. Magnificent landscapes such as “KOLI national Park; a national treasure that lies on the oldest bedrock in the world, is also found within the Biosphere Reserve. Besides nature, the BR also consists a distinctive rich Karelian culture solely experienced within the region.


The Biosphere Reserve’s sustainable development model combines a regional network of sustainablity projects, an interdisciplinary research and extensive local-oriented co-operation. The website pages will give you an insight on the Biosphere Reserve’s uniqueness in addition to its actions.



Regions covered by Noth Karelia BR


North Karelia biosphere reserve consists  - officially - Lieksa city, Ilomantsi municipality and Joensuu city Tuupovaara district. Biosphere reserve activities occur in the whole North Karelian province. 


North Karelia Biosphere Reserve is one of the world's 617 from the UNESCO's Man and Biosphere programme. The Biosphere Reserve aims at developing regional models taking into account nature, economy, cultures and  societies.



Photos on this page:

Sami Niemelainen


Endangered Saimaa lake salmon back after decadesRead»



Happy Midsummer wishes from North Karelia Biosphere Reserve!Read»



Eco-efficient Tourism Project final seminar 27-28.5.2014 Read»



Green Belt of Fennoscandia workshop 2.6.2014 in JoensuuRead»





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For more information - contact:

Coordinator Timo J. Hokkanen

+358 400884769