National park to Hossa to celebrate Finland's 100 years of independence
The Government has given a legislative proposal concerning the designation of areas in Hossa, Suomussalmi as the 40th national park in Finland. The new national park is part of Finland’s centenary celebrations, as well as one of the key projects in the current government programme.
EUR 148,000 allocated to experimental projects promoting the digitalisation of the built environment and construction sector
The KIRA-digi project has allocated a total of EUR 148,000 to six experimental projects promoting the digitalisation of the built environment and construction sector. The focus areas of these projects include facilitating land use planning through digitalisation, promoting the implementation of digital signatures, developing the integration of building engineering systems, and creating a pilot environment for the digitalisation of sheltered housing.
High-level segment started the biodiversity conference in Cancun
The 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 13), ongoing in Cancun, Mexico, aims to speed up the work done to halt the loss of biological diversity. The conference was preceded by a high-level segment, attended by Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen.
Minister Tiilikainen to visit Mexico on a trade mission on 28 November–1 December
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen, accompanied by a business delegation, will visit Mexico on 28 November–1 December 2016. This is one of Team Finland export promotion visits.
Minister Tiilikainen to visit Algeria on a trade mission on 20–21 November
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen, accompanied by a business delegation, will visit Algeria on 20–21 November 2016, on the invitation of Abdeslam Chelgham, the Algerian Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing. This is one of Team Finland export promotion visits.
Finland ratifies the Paris Agreement
Finland is now among the countries which have ratified the Paris climate change agreement as our ratification document was delivered to the UN Secretary-General in New York on Monday 14 November. This was preceded by the ratification of the agreement at the Presidential Session on Friday 11 November.
Paris Climate Change Agreement enters into force today – Marrakesh Climate Change Conference starts on Monday
The UN climate change negotiations continue in Marrakesh, Morocco on 7-18 November. The nations of the world meet in Marrakesh in a situation where the Paris Climate Change Agreement has just entered into force.
Boost to green infrastructure across Europe
Experts on green infrastructure met this week in Koli in the North Karelia region of Finland. The purpose of the meeting was to share good practices among the European Green Belt countries and other stakeholders and consolidate the position of the Green Belt as part of the European green infrastructure. Further measures to be incorporated into the European Green Belt Initiative were also discussed.
Less regulation - Ministry of the Environment and Finnish Commerce Federation agree on restricting the use of plastic carrier bags
On 31 October 2016, Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, and Juhani Pekkala, Managing Director of the Finnish Commerce Federation signed a Green Deal on actions to restrict the use of plastic carrier bags. This is the first time when an EU directive is implemented by a voluntary agreement instead of a legal instrument.
Help Find Finland’s Best Biodiversity Input 2015–2016
The best input for halting the loss of biodiversity is being looked for again in Finland. The National Committee of Finland of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature needs your help in finding an individual, organization or business that has been successful in safeguarding nature’s vitality and functioning ecosystem services in 2015 and 2016 in Finland. Send your proposal on 8 December at the latest!