Ministerial Adviser, Finnish Ministry of the Environment
Seija Rantakallio has been a Ministerial Adviser at the Finnish Ministry of the Environment since 1996.
She is in charge of enforcement and development of EIA legislation, guidance of regional environmental authorities, preparing Finnish position in EIA matters in the EU and within the UN/ECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention). She is the Point of Contact of the Espoo Convention in Finland. Seija has acted as the Chair of the Implementation Committee (IC) of the Espoo Convention and is currently a member of Convention’s bureau. She is the chair of the Finnish Party of the Finnish-Estonian bilateral Agreement in Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context. Before joining the Ministry, Seija worked at the Finnish Road Administration as an Environmental Expert and was involved in many EIA procedures in the early years of EIA legislation in Finland. She was the author of the first EIA guidelines of Road Planning and Design in Finland. Seija has been active in the Nordic EIA cooperation at the ministerial level as well as in the transport sector. She was involved in the procedure for preparing the Arctic EIA Guidelines 1997 and is the project leader of the ongoing Arctic EIA project (Good Practice Recommendations for EIA and Public Participation in the Arctic) done under the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group. Seija is M.Sc. (Forestry) from the University of Helsinki.