Border Park Cooperation
Nature conservation and nature-based tourism are being developed as a border park cooperation. Hossa and the Kalevala Park have a twin park, the Kalevala National Park on the Russian side of the border. The Friendship Park in Kuhmo and the Kostomuksha Strict Nature Reserve form the Finnish-Russian Friendship Nature Reserve. On the northern side of Hossa, cooperation across the state border is carried out by the Oulanka-Paanajärvi twin park.
The border parks are a significant part of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia. The aim is to make the Green Belt of Fennoscandia into an ecological network that supports the adaptation of species to the climate change and protects sensitive northern nature destinations close to the Finnish, Russian and Norwegian borders. The aim is also to create a network of internationally significant nature destinations in the border region. The development work is based on an agreement signed by the states concerned.