Finland intends to present the Saimaa ringed archipelago as a new natural heritage site on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Minister for the Environment and Climate Krista Mikkonen (Green) spoke at the World Heritage Forum on Wednesday.

- In the World Heritage Strategy, Finland has outlined that only particularly valuable sites are proposed for the list.

That is really the whole of the ring archipelagos, Mikkonen comments.

The aim is to send the presentation to UNESCO no later than January 2021.

According to Mikkonen, the goal is that the World Heritage Committee could decide to add the ringed archipelago to the list at the 2024 meeting.

The purpose of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention is to safeguard the preservation of the world's most valuable natural and cultural heritage. There are currently 1,121 sites on the list, of which 213 represent natural heritage.