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Reform of the Nature Conservation Act begins with public consultation

The process to reform the Nature Conservation Act has been started with an online survey to hear the people’s views in the very beginning of the process. The project comprises the reform of the Nature Conservation Act and Nature Conservation Decree and drafting of a new act concerning the compensation for damages caused by protected species. The third element to be developed is ecological compensation.

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.

Madrid Climate Change Conference ends with disappointment

The Madrid climate change conference ended with disappointment on Sunday afternoon. The only decision on the rules for the market mechanisms, which was the main topic, was a procedural one. This means the market mechanism rules will be discussed at the next conference in November 2020. There is now, however, a good basis for the discussions.

Minister Mikkonen on the Green Deal: the EU is rebuilding its economy to solve the sustainability crisis

“The Green Deal is an important first step in rebuilding the EU economy on a sustainable foundation. This is the only way to resolve the climate crisis, halt the decline of biodiversity and safeguard wellbeing. This proposal comes at a critical time. It also sends a strong signal to the international community that the EU is committed to leadership in tackling the climate crisis, said Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen at the Madrid Climate Conference.
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Published 2019-05-24 at 13:44, updated 2019-05-27 at 13:38