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Reliable information on nature and ecosystem services

Biodiversity and the ecosystem services provided by nature are the foundation of human wellbeing. Natural processes guarantee that we have food, raw materials, clean water and air, and other prerequisites of life. The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) monitors and anticipates changes in the state of the environment and ecosystem services.

SYKE conducts high-quality, innovative and solution-oriented research on nature. We produce information for the implementation of the EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives and their monitoring as well as information to be used as a foundation for reports on ecosystem services and climate change in society.

Our key expert tasks are related to the obligations of international agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the CITES agreement. We develop methods for the restoration, remediation and management of natural habitats and species based on the most recent knowledge. We work in cooperation with the administration, research institutes and universities.

Our international cutting-edge research focuses on carbon and nutrient cycles and the impacts of climate change and land use on biodiversity and ecosystem services. We also research the mechanisms of social systems and human behavior to protect nature and ecosystem services. We conduct research in cooperation with several international research networks.

”Having a comprehensive knowledge base is the only way to assess changes in the environment.”

-Director of SYKE’s Natural Environment Centre Petri Ahlroth

”It essential for the point of view of sustainable development, that we find solutions to protect the ecosystem services.”

-Director of SYKE’s Environmental Policy Centre, professor Eeva Furman





Areas of expertise:

  • Assessment and monitoring of the endangered status and need for protection of species and habitats
  • Expert support for environmental protection policy and nature conservation legislation
  • Implementation of the goals of CBD and the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020
  • Environmental policy research
  • Connections of nature and health
  • Changes of lifestyle in relation of securing biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Nature based solutions
  • Research on the management of ecosystem services, the green economy and sustainable bioeconomy
  • Research on climate and land use changes
  • Cooperation to secure biodiversity and ecosystem services


Petri Ahlroth


Director of SYKE’s Biodiversity Centre Petri Ahlroth




Director of SYKE’s Environmental Policy Centre, professor Eeva Furman

Personnel: Natural Environment Centre, Environmental Policy Centre, Freshwater Centre


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  • Two new nature conservation areas to Russia near the Finnish border 2018-01-15
    At the end of the Year of the Environment 2017 Russia decided to establish a new National Park in the Lake Ladoga archipelago and a new Nature Park on the islands of the Eastern Gulf of Finland and the surrounding waters. Both of these conservation areas have a counterpart on the Finnish side of the border.
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Published 2017-11-29 at 14:41, updated 2018-02-28 at 12:03