What Is the Nestori Foundation? The Nestori Nature Reserve  The Saimaa Ringed Seal Grants for Saimaa Ringed Seal  Protection

Contact Information Nestori Foundation  
c/o Arto Vilén, Lammintauksentie 5 82500 Kitee, tel. +358 400 725 478 email: e-mail arto.vilen(at)metsa.fi

Photographs Miina Auttila,
Mari Laukkanen, Miia Tolvanen, Lassi Karivalo, piirros Daga Ulv

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Grants for Saimaa Ringed Seal Protection

The Foundation grants financialng support for projects that aim especially at safeguarding and improving the living conditions protection of the Saimaa Ringed Seal. These include communication and raising of public awareness of the need to protect the Saimaa Ringed Seal protection, scientific studies on the seal, acquisition of land and water areas for protection of the seal, and supervision of nature reserves. The decisions on the grants are made by the Board of the Foundation.

The Nestori Foundation finances Saimaa Ringed Seal protection and research projects carried out only by Finnish or other organisations or persons working in Finland. Annually, some 10,000 euro is granted for projects enhancing Saimaa Ringed Seal protection.

The Nestori Foundation encourages the protection of the Saimaa Ringed Seal in many ways. The Foundation backs supports voluntary workers in seal stock inventories, grants funds for research, supports nature conservation organisations doing in Saimaa Ringed Seal protection work, gives financial means for organising nature outings and exhibitions and gives prizes for school nature projects. The foundation also finances the Saimaa Ringed seal-LIFE –project during 2013-2018.

Some example projects supported by Nestori Foundation


Conservation genetics of the Saimaa ringed seal

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