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Novel methods for the accounting of forest ecosystems and circular materials (ENVECO)

ENVECO is a one-year project financed by Eurostat grants led by Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) in partnership with Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). The first aim of the project is to develop novel remote sensing and machine learning methods for accounting of forest-related ecosystem services in the SEEA-EEA (System of Environmental-Economic Accounting – Experimental Ecosystem Accounting) framework.
As a result, usefulness and quality of source data for forest ecosystem service accounting is improved and data gaps are filled, assisting statistical officials in Finland and abroad to generate repeatable, documented and quality-assessed work flows, and guiding better policy decisions which further helps the verification of progress towards the goals of national and international policies (e.g. Aichi Biodiversity Targets, Sustainable Development Goals).
The second aim of ENVECO is to address the data gap in existing material flow accounts which do not separate primary and secondary raw materials. Such distinction is essential to provide information on the volumes of the material recovery and recycling in the circular economy. As a result, the project contributes to the monitoring of the transition towards a circular economy in Finland, benefitting Statistics Finland in compilation of material flow accounts, decision makers and policy planners in the country, secondary material producing enterprises and the great public by quantifying and making the secondary material flows visible.
Published 2020-02-07 at 12:23, updated 2020-02-13 at 11:56

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