Trekker at Pyhätunturi fell national park, Finnish Lapland. Photo Timo Ratinen, Environmental Administration's Image Bank.

World Expertise in Protected Areas to Sydney

The IUCN World Parks Congress, organised in Sydney, Australia between 12 and 19 November, brings together over 6,000 protected area management specialists and scientists. Held every 10 years, the event is the most important of its kind in the world and the previous WPC of Durban, South Africa in 2003 resulted in the setting up of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas. The WPC Team Finland includes altogether 20 people from the Ministry of the Environment, Finnish Environment Institute, Parks & Wildlife Finland and the youth council of the Saami Parliament as well as researchers from the University of Helsinki.

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Green Climate Fund amassed USD 9.3 billion – EUR 80 million from Finland

The high-level Pledging Conference of the Green Climate Fund that ended in Berlin on 20 November yielded the considerable sum of 9.3 billion US dollars, or approximately 7.4 billion euros, in funding commitments for the years 2015–2018. The Fund’s objective is, in an equitable manner, to support the measures taken by developing countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

UN Secretary-General’s summit hopes to speed up climate change negotiations

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting a Climate Summit in New York on 23 September. The summit is not a part of the official UNFCCC climate change negotiation process, but it aims to secure political support for the new global agreement on climate change, which is to be concluded in Paris in December 2015.

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Living and the environment discussed widely in Pori

The SuomiAreena event held in Pori, Finland, in July 2014 brought together 700 speakers and 30,000 guests in more than 150 events. The main themes for this year's event were living and the environment. The Finnish Ministry of the Environment was one of the event's main partners. The video provides pieces of the administration's program during the sunny week in July.