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Specialist work related to ecosystem services theme

Researchers are often needed to identify solutions and to assess various alternatives in support of decision-making in society. SYKE carries out a large number of specialist assignments related to ecosystem services and biodiversity. This work is conducted in co-operation with the central government, research institutes and expert institutions, and universities. Our knowledge and competence supports the preparation and implementation of national and international legislation, and it enriches public debate.

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The duties of SYKE's specialists include assessing the endangerment status of species and habitats; their protection; and specialist work related to the implementation of the EU’s Habitats Directive and Birds Directive – e.g., the obligations laid down in international agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and the CITES Convention. Duties also include developing methods for the restoration and management of various habitat types by means of the latest information available, such as that used in the METSO programme. Furthermore, SYKE assesses the environmental risks posed by the use of genetically modified organisms, the availability of genetic resources, and the sharing of the resulting benefits. Other services provided by SYKE include specialist offerings such as information systems and the related support, and various training sessions and events.


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  • Doctoral dissertation “Ant community structure in successional mosaics of boreal forests" 2020-06-05
    MSc Pekka Punttila will defend his doctoral dissertation entitled “Ant community structure in successional mosaics of boreal forests " at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, on June 5th 2020 at 12 noon.
  • Significant funding for a new Finnish Ecosystem Observatory 2020-05-29
    The state of biodiversity and ecosystems has deteriorated both in Finland and globally. Planning and implementing effective corrective measures requires more comprehensive and up-to-date information about nature than before. According to the recent EU biodiversity strategy, it is also necessary to develop a knowledge base on nature that can support decision-making processes.
  • The decline in natural biodiversity can be stopped 2020-05-12
    This decade, Finland has for the first time a real chance to significantly reverse the decline in biodiversity. In the last 25 years, many new ways have been found to restore nature. Halting the deterioration of nature requires strong societal commitment and structural changes that cut across all sectors of society. Now is the time to act.
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Published 2013-05-02 at 16:34, updated 2017-05-12 at 12:47
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