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New emissions calculation system for all Finnish municipalities – an average emissions reduction of 15 per cent since 2005

Press release 2020-02-10 Finnish Environment Institute
Climate emissions have decreased in nearly all Finnish municipalities since 2005. The average decrease is 15 per cent. The reduction in municipal emissions has been driven by the decline in electricity emissions, reforms in district heating production and the construction of wind power. Emissions from oil-fired heating have dropped at a relatively similar pace in all municipalities, resulting in a significant impact at the national level.

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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
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Doctoral dissertation: Global analyses of drivers of water scarcity indicators in transboundary river basins

2020-02-17
Future water scarcity in transboundary river will intensify in basins which are already under stress and is mostly a local problem, reports a new doctoral dissertation. Hafsa Munia, researcher of the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, developed a novel framework to understand globally the evolution of transboundary water scarcity over time and to assess downstream dependencies on upstream water use. Her doctoral dissertation will be examined at the Aalto University on 21 February.

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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 status1) 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 groundwater have not increased.

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SYKE Policy Brief: Ecological compenstions are worth taking into use
In ecological compensation local damage caused by construction or industry is offset by improving biodiversity elsewhere.