In recent years, the overall budget of the Finnish Forest Research Institute has been 55 million €, of which about 70% has been direct government funding from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The funding from other ministries and foundations, private organisations etc., as well as from commissioned services, has been about 30%.
A highly motivated, professional staff is crucial for Metla. The total number of staff is 750, of which about 370 are researchers.
Forests have proved to be a vital asset for Finnish forestry research as they enable the implementation of extensive, long-term research, experiments and trials, and ensure their continuity. In addition to research, the forests are also used extensively for information and recreation purposes.
Facilities and equipment
Metla has modern facilities in the Greater-Helsinki area and its regional units.
The central laboratory of Metla is primarily intended to serve the institute's own research projects, but these services are also available for external clients.
All the research projects have access to modern data collection and analysis equipment which can be used, for instance, in transferring online data from the field to Metla's information systems.