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.
Shift towards prevention in reducing homelessness
On June 9, the Government issued a resolution on the Action Plan for Preventing Homelessness in Finland 2016–2019. The plan consistently emphasises early recognition of the risk of becoming homeless and rapid intervention when a person is at risk of homelessness or has recently become homeless.
High Commissioner Abdeladim Lhafi from Morocco, a country preparing for the UN Climate Conference, on a visit to Finland
Abdeladim Lhafi, High Commissioner for Water and Forests of Morocco, visits Finland on 8-10 June, where he will also meet the Finnish Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen. The aim of the visit is to deepen the cooperation relating to forests and aquaculture between the two countries and prepare for the meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change to be held in Marrakech on 7-18 November.
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen attending UN Environment Assembly in Kenya
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen is heading the Finnish delegation to the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya, on 25–27 May. He is also participating, along with Finnish companies, in a seminar to mark 25 years of forestry cooperation between Finland and Kenya.
Age limit relating to the bonus for home savers falls to 15 years from July 2016
The President of Finland has signed a new act amending the Act on Bonus for Home Savers. Instead of the earlier age limit of 18 years, now persons aged 15 years but not 40 may become home savers. For minors it must be specified in the home saving agreement that the deposits made consist of the personal earnings of the minor.
Energy efficiency agreements for 2017–2025 to be launched
Four new energy efficiency agreements will begin next year in Finland for the period 2017–2025. The aim of the agreements is to improve the efficiency of energy use in industry, the energy and service sectors, the real estate sector, the municipal sector and in oil-heated properties.
Finland signed the Paris Climate Agreement – New York gave strong mandate to its implementation
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen signed the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of Finland at the UN Headquarters on 22 April. A total of 170 countries signed this historical agreement in a high-level ceremony organised by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Ban on the discharge of sewage from cruise ships into the Baltic Sea
The International Maritime Organization IMO decided today on 22 April 2016 on the entry into force of the regulations concerning the special area of the Baltic Sea. By these regulations the discharge of raw sewage from passenger ships and ferries directly into the sea is banned. All the Baltic Sea states are unanimous in support of the decision.
EUR 12.4 million for the experimentation programme 'Nutrient recycling into practice'
One of the key projects of Government programme is concerned with investing in the recycling and utilisation of nutrients and actions to protect the Baltic Sea and other waters. The experimentation programme on nutrient recycling brings more than EUR 12 million to be used for the development and testing of innovative technologies and logistics solutions. Minister of Agriculture and the Environment declared the experimentation programme opened at the seminar launching the key project on 19 April.