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Nature Panel seeks members – independent panel of scientists to promote biodiversity

2020-02-18
The mission of the Nature Panel will be clarified by dividing its tasks between the Finnish Nature Panel and the Finnish IPBES Working Group. The Finnish Nature Panel will be an independent scientific body that supports decision-making concerning biodiversity, instead of being composed of both scientists and public officials as it used to be.

Important transaction concerning mires valuable for biodiversity - 700 hectares to mire protection in Helmi Habitats Programme

2020-02-17
The Ministry of the Environment, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Central Finland and Vapo Oy have concluded a significant property transaction: the State of Finland has bought from Vapo Oy about 700 hectares of mire areas of high nature value in Central Finland, North Savo and Pirkanmaa. The areas will be protected under the Helmi Programme of the Ministry of the Environment concerning the restoration, management and protection of habitats that are important fo

EU’s new Drinking Water Directive improves the safety of water intended for human consumption

2020-02-10
The ambassadors of the EU Member States adopted 5 February a shared political agreement on the content of the new Drinking Water Directive. The new Drinking Water Directive is aimed at guaranteeing a higher quality of drinking water, enhancing the accessibility of water, increasing the communication of information about water management and improving the energy efficiency of water utilities in the entire Union.

Minister Mikkonen to Barents Environmental Ministers’ Meeting in Luleå

2020-02-04
On Wednesday 5 February, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen will attend the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) Ministerial Meeting on Environment in Luleå, Sweden. At the meeting, Finland will take over the Chairmanship of the Working Group on Environment (WGE), tasked with promoting environmental cooperation between the Nordic countries and Russia.

Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy prepares for next week’s climate seminar

2020-01-30
The Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy met on Thursday 30 January to prepare for the Government’s climate seminar A fair transition to a carbon-neutral economy, to be held on 3–4 February. The focus will be on how we can bridge the gap between climate actions and commitments and on the impacts of climate policy on Finland.
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Published 2019-05-24 at 13:44, updated 2019-05-27 at 13:38