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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...

2020-01-24
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 ...

2019-12-19
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 en...

2019-12-18
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...

2019-12-16
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 ...

2019-12-11
EU Member States agree on promoting the recycling of construction products – Council adopts conclusions on the circular economy in the construction sector

From now on, the circular economy will be taken into account in EU legislation on the construction sector, and the reuse and recycling of construction products will be made easier. The conclusions on ...

2019-11-28
UN Climate Change Conference to kick off in Madrid on Monday 2 December – Finland leading the EU in negotiations

The Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change will meet in Madrid, Spain, on 2–13 December. This UN Climate Conference will be the last one before the term of the Paris Agreement begins in 2020. ...

2019-11-25
Project to reform Climate Change Act begins by listening to citizens

The reform of the Climate Change Act, as detailed in the Government Programme, has now begun. The first phase of the reform is hearing citizens’ views on what the new Climate Change Act should look li...

2019-11-11
Research project explores the use of gypsum in fields as a measure for protecting the Baltic Sea

This year, the Ministry of the Environment is launching a research and development project to promote the gypsum treatment of fields in the countries around the Baltic Sea. The aim is to reduce nutrie...

2019-11-07
European Business and Nature Summit kicks off in Madrid

The European Business and Nature Summit is taking place on 7–8 November in Madrid. The meeting will bring businesses together to present their views for the preparation of new international biodiversi...

2019-11-07
Minister Mikkonen to attend Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Rome – agenda to cover role of sustainable cold chains in fight against climate crisis and food loss

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen will represent Finland and the EU at the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Rome on 7 November. The meeting will explore ...

2019-11-06
Minister Mikkonen: US withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement will not undermine Agreement – EU to continue on its ambitious path

The US Government announced yesterday that it would officially withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. “The EU deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration to wit...

2019-11-05
Minister Krista Mikkonen: We will do our utmost to ensure the COP25 will take place

“It is very unfortunate that Chile will not be able to host the UN Climate meeting as planned. As the holder of the Presidency of the EU Council, will do our utmost to ensure that the COP25 will take ...

2019-10-31
Kotka National Urban Park receives honourable mention in European landscape project competition

The Kotka National Urban Park was given an honourable mention in the Council of Europe's Landscape Award competition. The urban park is a magnificent combination of parks, waterways and the finest arc...

2019-10-23
Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy meets to discuss Climate Change Act reform – 2035 carbon neutrality target to be included in the Act

The Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy met today for its fourth meeting, which was chaired by Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen. The ministerial workin...

2019-10-23
Environment ministers meet to set EU priorities for UN Climate Conference in Santiago and to agree on the next steps to promote the circular economy

The Environment Council of the EU will meet in Luxembourg on Friday 4 October 2019 to agree on EU priorities for the UN climate negotiations, which will take place in Santiago de Chile in December. Th...

2019-10-03
Minister Mikkonen appeals to the international construction sector: Climate-friendly construction requires swift action

In connection with the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen appealed to the construction sector to accelerate its transition to...

2019-09-25
Innovations, latest scientific knowledge and state of the circular economy on the agenda in Helsinki, 30 September–1 October

The conference European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy will be held between 30 September and 1 October 2019 in Helsinki, Finland with a view to presenting the state of the circular economy and ...

2019-09-24
Minister Mikkonen to attend UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit and Sustainable Development Summit in New York

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen will travel to New York for the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit and the Sustainable Development Summit in New York on 20–26 Septemb...

2019-09-19
Finland aims to improve water quality in the Baltic Sea by applying gypsum to fields

The Finnish Ministry of the Environment is enhancing the protection of the Baltic Sea by launching a research project on the gypsum treatment of fields. The object of the project is to promote the use...

2019-09-16

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