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.
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.