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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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  • 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.
  • Hydrology of undrained peatlands is often affected by drainage of surrounding areas 2019-12-18
    Finnish peatlands are under a bigger pressure from land use than has generally been realised. More than half of the peatland area has been drained, and most of the remaining undrained peatlands are bordered by drained areas. A study by the University of Eastern Finland and the Finnish Environment Institute investigated the current status of undrained peatlands.
  • International Landscape Day to be celebrated with a photo contest and scenic walks 2019-10-15
    International Landscape Day will be celebrated on Sunday 20 October 2019. This year, the aim is to use Landscape Day to draw particular attention to the value of water in the landscape.
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Published 2013-05-02 at 16:34, updated 2017-05-12 at 12:47
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