Sheep by a traditional landscape farm at Hiidenmaa, Finland. Photo: Mirja Nylander, Metsähallitus
Sheep by a traditional landscape farm at Hiidenmaa, Finland. © Photo: Mirja Nylander / Metsähallitus

The Finnish Shepherd Weeks concept is pursuing the award for the best European landscape project

Press release, February 14, 2017, the Ministry of the Environment and Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland
The Shepherd Weeks concept established by Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland was selected as the best landscape project in Finland in 2016 and will now be in the running for the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe this spring. More


The new calculator shows how consumption contributes to nutrient pollution in the Baltic Sea

Press realese 2017-2-3 Finnish Environment Institute, Natural Resources Institute Finland and John Nurminen Foundation
With the calculator developed by the Finnish Environment Institute and the Natural Resources Institute Finland, consumers can determine the impacts of their consumption habits on nutrient pollution in the Baltic Sea. Finland’s contribution to  the nutrient pollution of the Baltic Sea is about 10%. Food production accounts for about 60% of the Baltic Sea footprint of an average Finnish consumer. Waste water is also an important source (about 25%). The easiest way to reduce nutrient pollution is to eat more domestic wild fish and vegetables. Read more

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Minister Tiilikainen: Finland to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2045

Finland has every opportunity to serve as a model country in climate and energy policy, says Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen. Making use of the available and new solutions will also boost investments and employment.
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Wetland rehabilitation helps dwindling waterbird populations

The degradation of wetlands has led to drops in the size of many waterbird populations – even in Finland, the land of a thousand lakes. A recent study proves that measures that reduce overgrowth in the wetlands are a much-needed help to increasingly rare waterbirds.



Forest carbon sinks must be included in bioeconomy sustainability assessments

Forest carbon sinks reduce the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide content. The utilisation of wood and forests inevitably affects carbon sinks, which is an issue that must be considered when seeking cost-effective means for mitigating climate change. Increasing carbon sinks is important for achieving the goals of the Paris climate agreement. Read more