Last updated on:
Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Another key issue of importance to Finland is Local Agenda 21. The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities already adopted a sustainable development strategy in 1997, one year before the government programme on sustainable development was adopted. Approximately 80% of Finns live in municipalities that either have established or are in the process of establishing their own Local Agenda 21. The link between the national sustainable development strategy and the sub-national activities was well coordinated. On the local and regional levels the Local Agenda 21 process has evolved from the earlier approach of Agenda 21 to one where the focus is more on sustainability processes such as integrated management, the Aalborg Commitments, and the development of and work on sustainability indicators.

There are two networks of pioneering/ frontrunner municipalities: climate-neutral HINKU municipalities and Sustainable FISU municipalities.