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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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  • International Landscape Day 20 October 2020 festivities to include a photo competition and landscape walks 2020-10-15
    Tuesday 20 October 2020 is International Landscape Day. The Ministry of the Environment will organise a photo contest in honour of the day and the Rural Women’s Advisory Organisation will organise guided landscape walks. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the European Landscape Convention.
  • The year of celebration for European landscapes 2020-09-07
    This autumn, we are celebrating landscapes as it is the 20th anniversary of the European Landscape Convention. Vibrant landscape is an important part of the European identity. Landscapes are celebrated in Finland in various ways such as a photography competition open to all, a photography campaign and scenic walks.
  • Cormorant population in Finland has stabilised at approximately 26,000 breeding couples 2020-08-11
    Approximately 25,760 cormorant nests were counted in the Finnish coastal areas in the summer of 2020. In the past five years, the nesting population has varied by only a few per cent. However, there is wide regional variation in the number of nests annually and the effect of hunting by the white-tailed eagle on nesting success and the locations of the colonies is increasing.
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Published 2013-05-02 at 16:34, updated 2017-05-12 at 12:47
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