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International and EU partners - examples of collaboration

New water and climate services for Andean countries

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© Johanna Korhonen

Due to their location in the Andean region, Bolivia, Ecuador, Columbia and Peru are highly vulnerable to climate change. SYKE’s experts have helped our partners in these countries to enhance their hydrological monitoring, data systems and flood protection measures.

Collaboration between the countries has intensified, and they are now better prepared to face risks related to climate change. Improved water and weather services can also help local residents to safeguard their property and livelihoods. SYKE’s open data policy, our long-term collaboration on cross-border waters, and our flood warning service, realised together with the Finnish Meteorological Institute, all provide inspiring examples of cooperation for the countries involved.

In co-operation

Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (funding), The Finnish Meteorological Institute, El Niño research institute CIIFEN (Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Fenomeno de El Niño) in Ecuador, hydro-meteorological institutes of Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

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The cooperation with Kyrgyzstan improves thecondition of their waterways

Kirgisia vesikoulutusta
© Anssi Karppinen

Supported by SYKE’s water expertise, Kyrgyzstan is currently developing an assessment of the condition and sustainable use of the Son-Kul lake. The lake is significant for mountainous and hiking tourism in the country, but is currently polluted by environmental toxins. Evaluated at the same time are the lake’s restoration potential and a possible environmental impact of the restoration work. Supported by SYKE, Kyrgyzstan is also creating a new, open-source digital environmental information system, where companies and organizations of citizens will have a key role in sustaining and utilizing the system. 

In co-operation

Environmental and Forest authorities of Kyrgyzstan, Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (funding).

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International cooperation improves state of the Gulf of Finland 

International cooperation
© Esa Nikunen

Persevering cooperation involving Finland, Estonia, and Russia has improved the state of the Gulf of Finland and the quality of its evaluation, while supporting conservation methods. SYKE's scientific understanding of eutrophication and its knowledge and skills in fighting it have played a significant role in the cooperation. SYKE pinpointed and evaluated the gypsum mountain of the EuroChem Fosforit plant on the Luga River as the largest single source of phosphorous emissions into the Baltic Sea. As a consequence, EuroChem upgraded the treatment of its waste water which improved the state of the eastern Gulf of Finland. Thanks to SYKE studies, the water utility of the city of St. Petersburg introduced chemical phosphorus removal which reduced the nutrient load on the Baltic Sea.

In co-operation

EuroChem, City of St. Petersburg; several institutions in Russia, Estonia and Finland.

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Automatic oil detection system for the Baltic Sea 

Oil detection
© Lars Demant-Poort

SYKE and Meritaito Oy are developing an oil spill detection and warning system for the Baltic Sea based on modern smart buoys. With the help of the system oil spills can be detected more easily than before, reducing their impact on marine nature. SYKE and its partners are also studying the environmental impacts of methods of fighting oil spills in cold conditions. Benefiting from the work are the countries of the Arctic region and international organisations that are planning and implementing cross-border cooperation to fight oil spills.

In co-operation

Meritaito Oy; in wider co-operation several research institutions from Europe and North America. 

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Published 2017-10-23 at 10:47, updated 2017-10-26 at 14:06

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