Finnish policy approach and measures for the promotion of sustainability in contaminated land management

Jussi Reinikainen, Jaana Sorvari, Sarianne Tikkanen

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The importance of sustainability considerations in contaminated land management (CLM) is highlighted in policy frameworks all around the world. It means that while the reduction of risks to human health and the environment remains the main goal of CLM, a variety of other environmental factors as well as economic and social aspects have an increasing role in decision making. The success of finding the right balance between these considerations and incorporating them in the risk management approach defines
the overall sustainability of the outcome. Although the concept and principles of sustainable CLM are already widely accepted, they have not been fully realized in national procedures. According to several studies this often results from the lack of explicit policy measures. A sound policy framework in conjunction with functional policy instruments is therefore a prerequisite for the attainment of sustainable practices. In Finland, the environmental administration along with other key stakeholder groups, including regional authorities, landowners, consultants, industries, research institutes and academia, has developed a national strategy and associated policy measures in order to promote sustainable CLM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-119
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Risk management
  • Sustainable remediation
  • Policy instrument
  • Strategy
  • Guidelines
  • Finland


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