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Common pochards
The common pochard (Aythya ferina), which inhabits eutrophic lakes and marshes, has been classified as critically endangered (CR) due to a massive decrease in its population. Photo Juha Laaksonen.

New estimate — every ninth species in Finland is threatened

Press release, March 8, 2019
A new assessment of threatened species indicates an increasing loss of biodiversity in Finnish nature. Of the 22 000 species evaluated, 11.9% were classified as threatened, compared to 10.5% in the previous assessment. All species groups include threatened species, and the highest proportion can be found among birds and bryophytes (mosses). The primary cause of threat is the decline and deterioration of natural habitat. Much can be done to stop this development, but urgent action is needed. Read more of the new estimate

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Screening Baltic Sea for pharmaceuticals

Interreg Baltic Sea Region website has published a story about our EU-funded project, CWPharma, which has started screening active pharmaceutical ingredients in six river basin districts to get a better picture of the sources, emissions and environmental concentrations of pharmaceuticals in the Baltic Sea region. Read more of CWPharma

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Machine vision against invasive alien species

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