Forest heritage developer in joint cultural area

Thematic cluster:
Cultural heritage
Southern Finland - Estonia Sub-programme
3. Attractive and dynamic societies
Direction of support:
Stimulating and preserving our heritage and culture
Dec 2008 - Nov 2011 (3 years, 0 months)
Total funding:
905 000 €
ERDF funding:
725 840 €
EUSBSR Priority area
Developing and promoting the common culture and cultural identity

Development idea

Cultural heritage, that is to say the inherited or transferred signs of life of previous generations, cannot be protected only by law and regulations. Culture heritage also lies in our forests. However, there is a lack of knowledge about the cultural heritage in forests. This lack of awareness causes damage to the cultural heritage in Estonian and Finnish forests.

Aim of the project

The project focused on non-protected cultural heritage, which is unknown and unprotected mainly due to a lack of awareness. When correct knowledge of the cultural heritage is missing, it is difficult to plan for sustainable development. The project improved the overall knowledge and interest about the preservation of cultural heritage in forest management-related activities in Estonia and Finland.

Main project activities

The project mapped more than 300,000 hectares and added over 4,000 new objects to a public database, which has reduced the risk of sensitive areas being destroyed. More than 3,000 people participated in various publicity events. The project also carried out joint training activities and produced four publications in various languages introducing cultural heritage.


State Forest Management Centre

ERDF funding:
400 270 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
70 635 €

Work Efficiency Institute (TTS)

ERDF funding:
156 820 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
52 275 €

Forestry Developent Centre Tapio

ERDF funding:
168 750 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
56 250 €


Inventory of cultural heritage in Estonia and Finland

An inventory of cultural heritage objects was carried out in both countries and the outcomes were inserted into public GIS databases.

An inventory of cultural heritage objects in forests was carried out in an area covering almost 1.1 million hectares in Estonia and Finland. The inventory resulted in over 16.000 mapped objects in the pilot area in Estonia and 223 objects in Finland. As these objects are now available in databases the risk of destruction of nature and cultural heritage in forestry operations has been decreased.

Publications on cultural heritage in forests

Publications were compiled and published in order to increase the awareness of the cultural heritage among the public and especially among forest owners.

The publications were published in Estonian, Finnish and Swedish and have been distributed to public libraries and municipalities.

Kulturens avstickare i skogen (SWE)
Kulturlämningar i kustskogarna (SWE)
Metsäkulttuuria Etelä-Suomessa (FIN)
Viljandimaa pärandkultuurist (EST)
Hiiumaa pärandkultuurist / Saaremaa pärandkultuurist (EST)
Lääne-Virumaa pärandkultuurist (EST)
Ida-Virumaa pärandkultuurist (EST)
Pärnumaa pärandkultuurist (EST)