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!
Finnish delegation headed by Minister Tiilikainen to attend the UN Conference on Sustainable Urban Development
Finland participates in the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador on 17–20 October 2016. At the Conference the states will agree on a New Urban Agenda, setting the global standards for sustainable urban development for the next 20 years. The Conference is one of the main UN events this year, with more than 40 000 participants expected to attend.
Combating homelessness turns to prevention – pilot for apartment insurance starts
The focus on reducing homelessness is turning to prevention in accordance with the programme approved by the Government. One aspect of prevention is the new insurance coverage for apartments, which will be piloted in roughly 2,000 supportive housing units starting from late autumn. The insurance improves the opportunities of people who have lost their credit rating to find rental housing and will make it more attractive for lessors to rent out housing.
EU Ministers agree to fast-track ratification of Paris agreement
EU Ministers for the Environment agreed to speed up the process for the ratification of Paris agreement during an extraordinary Environment Council meeting on 30 September 2016 in Brussels. Agreement to fast-track the EU’s ratification of the global climate deal was met with a round of applause at the Council.
IUCN Brings Together Top Expertise in Nature Conservation to Hawaii
The sixth IUCN World Conservation Congress opens today in Hawaii. The largest nature conservation gathering in the world, the IUCN WCC will gather over 8000 delegates: specialists and decision makers from about 160 countries, the private sector, NGOs and the UN.
Minister Tiilikainen: The proposal by the European Commission on implementing the Paris Agreement presents a challenging target for Finland
Today, the European Commission presented the remaining proposals on implementing the Paris Agreement within the European Union. A proposal on emissions trading related to energy production and industry has already been presented.
Minister Tiilikainen presents Finland's model for sustainable development in the UN
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen will present Finland's model for sustainable development at a High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which will be held at the UN Headquarters in New York next week.
Unesco's World Heritage Committee meets in Istanbul from 10 to 20 July
Unesco's World Heritage Committee will hold its 40th session in Istanbul, Turkey, on 10 –20 July. Finland is a member of the Committee in 2014–2017. The Committee will nominate new cultural and natural properties and mixed properties with both cultural and natural values on the World Heritage List. The Committee will also review the protection status of world heritage properties and discuss the strengthening of the financing of world heritage activities. The current number of world heritage prop
Finland has decided on the enactment of the Nagoya Protocol on access to and use of genetic resources
Today, the Finnish Government approved a decree that ratifies the enactment of Nagoya Protocol in Finland. The Nagoya Protocol supplements the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, which is the first general and legally binding international agreement on access to genetic resources and the sharing of benefits. It is aimed at ensuring the conservation of genetic material for future generations and safeguarding the fair and equitable sharing of benefits between providers and users.
Observation of the critically endangered Baltic Sea harbour porpoise starts again
Early summer is a good time to observe harbour porpoises in the Baltic Sea waters. Harbour porpoise is the only species of cetaceans in the Baltic Sea, and it is critically endangered. The population in the main basin of the Baltic Sea is estimated at about 500 specimens. Data from observations by citizens is a valuable addition to the research and protection of harbour porpoises.