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2020 is the super year for nature

2020 is "super year” for nature, as new global biodiversity targets will be set for 2030. The aim of the targets is to safeguard biodiversity and halt its decline. The Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity will decide on the targets at the Conference of Parties (COP15) to be held in October in Kunming, China. There is a lot at stake, since biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate around the world. Read more

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Government appoints new Climate Panel, Markku Ollikainen to continue as Chair

The Government appointed a new Climate Panel today, to be chaired by Markku Ollikainen, Professor of Environmental and Resources Economics at the University of Helsinki, who also chaired the previous Panel. The new Panel has a total of 15 members, ten of whom are new. The Panel will elect a deputy chair from among its members. The Panel’s working term will be 1 January 2020–31 December 2023.

Culmination of Finland’s Presidency: EU environment ministers to discuss European Green Deal and biodiversity

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen will chair the meeting of the EU Environment Council in Brussels on 19 December. The environment ministers are due to discuss the EU’s environmental and climate policy priorities for the coming years. The aim is to adopt conclusions that will offer guidance for the EU on halting the global loss of biodiversity. In 2020, the countries of the world are set to agree on new common targets for biodiversity.

Finland will celebrate European Heritage Days 2020 with the theme Places to Grow

Finland celebrates the European Heritage Days (EHDs) with common European themes. In Finland, the 2020 European theme Heritage and Education has been modified into the national theme Places to Grow. The EHD events highlight the importance of cultural heritage as a source of learning, growth and education.
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