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Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Mikkonen to attend meeting of EU Environment Council in Luxembourg – water reuse, sustainable chemical policy and EU climate targets on the agenda

Minister Krista Mikkonen will travel to Luxembourg to attend the meeting of EU Environment Ministers on 26 June. The Ministers will discuss, among other topics, the EU’s long-term climate targets, sus...

EU environment and climate ministers convene in Finland to find solutions to the sustainability crisis

Finland is keen to put the sustainability crisis and its possible solutions at the heart of EU policymaking. That is why climate change, the circular economy and the loss of biodiversity will be high ...

Finland to participate in the meeting of the energy and environment ministers at the G20 Summit in Japan on 15–16 June

Japan has invited Finland to participate in the meeting of energy and environment ministers, which is part of the programme of Japan’s presidency of the G20 Summit. The Ministerial Meeting on Energy T...

Arctic Council issues recommendations for environmental impact assessment procedures in Arctic areas

The Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council, under Finland’s leadership, has prepared a report on good practices for environmental impact assessment in the Arctic region. The pract...

Ministry of the Environment investigates the use of plastics in buildings – ARA, Senate Properties and the University of Helsinki studying how to reduce the use of plastics in their construction projects

A study by the Ministry of the Environment on the use of plastics in residential buildings and day-care centres reveals that plastics can be found in all parts of buildings. The amount of plastics in ...

National Report on Biodiversity in Finland: Biodiversity still on the decline despite rigorous work

Finland’s broad-based working group on biodiversity has approved the sixth national report on the conservation of biodiversity in Finland. According to the report, Finland has engaged in rigorous, wel...

Key Project increases sustainability of Finland’s food system

Climate change, protecting our water resources and ensuring the sustainability of food production require a shift to a system in which nutrients circulate. Over the past three years, the Key Governmen...

Climate Barometer 2019: Finns wish to have solutions to climate crisis at the heart of policy-making

The Finns wish to see solutions to the climate crisis among the priority themes of the next government term and Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. Growing numbers of Finns have also change...

New estimate — every ninth species in Finland is threatened

A new assessment of threatened species indicates an increasing loss of biodiversity in Finnish nature. Of the 22 000 species evaluated, 11.9% were classified as threatened, compared to 10.5% in the pr...

Restoration of Urban Longinoja Brook Wins Finnish Biodiversity Award 2017-2018

Perseverance in the voluntary restoration of the urban brook of Longinoja in the Malmi suburb of Helsinki won the Finnish Biodiversity Award 2017-2018. The winner was chosen by the National Committee ...

Minister Tiilikainen of Finland invites European colleagues to discuss next steps for circular economy

Ministers and state secretaries from nine European countries will meet in Espoo, Finland on 11–12 February to discuss how the circular economy can mitigate climate change, how cities and regions can a...

Nordic countries agree on closer cooperation to tackle the climate crisis

At their meeting in Helsinki on Friday 25 January, the Prime Ministers and ministers responsible for climate issues of the Nordic countries decided to speed up their climate actions. The Nordic countr...

Professor Janne Kotiaho appointed as chair of Finnish national IPBES panel

“The Panel is finding solutions for questions that will decide the fate of humankind”, says professor.

Negotiators agree on stringent rules for Paris Climate Agreement

Negotiators at the Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland have reached a deal on implementing the Paris Climate Agreement. Moving forward, the countries will monitor their emissions and report ...

The new assessment of Finland’s threatened habitat types was a major effort for the science community

The assessment of threatened habitat types in Finland, published on 18 December, is a complete description of the current state of all habitat types found in Finland, from the Baltic Sea all the way t...

Climate talks in Katowice into the hands of ministers – Tiilikainen from Finland invited to facilitate negotiations on adaptation

The negotiations on the rules of the Paris Climate Change Agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice continue at the ministerial level. The Polish Presidency has invited selected minist...

United Nations Katowice Climate Change Conference to begin on 2 December – The Commission’s vision for the EU’s long-term climate strategy published today

Parties to the UNFCCC will meet in Katowice, Poland 2 – 14 December to negotiate on rules related to the 2015 Paris Agreement. The rules apply to reporting and monitoring of emissions and emissions cu...

Finnish automotive sector industry and the State conclude a Green Deal

The Finnish automotive sector, Ministry of Transport and Communications and Ministry of the Environment concluded a voluntary Green Deal on 22 November 2018. The Green Deal for the benefit of the clim...

Countries all over the world seek means to halt loss of biodiversity – UN biodiversity conference starts in Egypt

Delegations from more than 190 countries will convene in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt on 17–29 November at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. The...

Minister Tiilikainen to informal meeting of EU transport and environment ministers in Graz and to meeting of Nordic environment ministers in Oslo

Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing Kimmo Tiilikainen will attend the informal meeting of EU transport and environment ministers in Graz, Austria on 29–30 October and the meeting of Nordic...


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