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Negotiations begin on new targets for halting biodiversity loss – revised objectives under preparation for 2030, 2040 and 2050

Negotiations for a new global biodiversity framework and associated targets began on 27-30 August in Nairobi, Kenya. The framework will include long and short-term measures to promote biodiversity.

Method for assessing the carbon footprint of buildings to be tested by construction projects

The Ministry of the Environment will start testing the method for assessing the carbon footprint of buildings. By means of the testing period starting in autumn 2019 and ending in summer 2020, it is investigated how well the method prepared by the Ministry of the Environment is applicable to ordinary planning and construction projects.

Tighter rules on international trade in endangered species – stronger protection for elephants and endangered marine species

The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) ended today on 28 August, after taking significant steps towards protecting nature and species. The European Union made a successful contribution to improving the protection for elephants, endangered reptiles and marine species.

Letter by Minister Mikkonen to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs: foreign and trade policy must be harnessed to stop the Amazon wildfires

According to Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the EU needs to take firm action to stop the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. In a letter addressed to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mikkonen commends the measures and positions taken so far, but insists that the EU must put pressure on Brazil to stop the fires.

Assessment of the status of Finland’s waters: Status of lakes and rivers about the same as before, coastal waters have deteriorated

A new assessment of the ecological status of surface waters in Finland shows that 87% of the surface area of our lakes and 68% of our rivers are in good or very good condition. Eutrophication is still the most significant problem. There have been no major changes in the status of inland waters since 2013, except for some improvement in certain sites. The status of the Gulf of Finland has improved, but for the most part the status of coastal waters is not good. The risks associated with groundwat
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Published 2019-05-24 at 13:44, updated 2019-05-27 at 13:38