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Envelope 2/2011

June 2011
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International Resource Panel met in Helsinki

The International Resource Panel, part of the UN environmental programme UNEP, held the eighth official meeting in Helsinki from 29 May to 1 June. Among other issues, the meeting focused on the material flows of the global metal industry and the availability of minerals, as well as the sufficiency of natural resources and the environmental impact of their utilisation. 
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Risk of blue-green algal blooms high in the Gulf of Finland

This summer, the risk of blue-green algal blooms is highest in central and western parts of the Gulf of Finland. According to the Marine Research Centre of the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, the probability of blue-green algal blooms in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland is considerable or moderate. In the southern part of the Archipelago Sea and the north-eastern part of the Baltic proper, the risk of blooms is considerable. Read more
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Biogeochemistry of the Baltic Sea in a Changing Climate: From Catchment to Open Sea

David Thomas is working at the Finnish Environment Institute as a research professor with the FiDiPro project which is examining the biogeochemical processes of catchments and their impacts on the microbiology of rivers, estuaries and the Baltic Sea. The aim is to measure the quantity and quality of dissolved organic matter released from terrestrial systems in the catchments and to investigate how this organic matter is transformed when passing through freshwaters before it is discharged to the sea.
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North-west Russia still home to extensive, valuable areas requiring protection

The Finnish–Russian nature conservation GAP project analysed the coverage, by the country’s current network of protected areas, of valuable natural areas in North-west Russia. The results reveal areas which should be prioritised in the development of the protected area network. Many of North-west Russia’s extensive, intact natural areas still in their natural state are threatened by intensive commercial use, such as logging, mining operations, the extraction of gravel and cottage building. Read more
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Effects of oxygenation highly dependent on local conditions

The three-year joint Nordic project PROPPEN aims to demonstrate whether the state of coastal waters, suffering from oxygen depletion, can be improved by pumping oxygen-rich surface water to the water layers near the seabed. According to preliminary results, oxygen conditions can be improved, but the success of the procedure depends greatly on the bathymetric conditions and currents in the water area that is oxygenated. Read more
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A letter campaign to safeguard valuable natural habitats in municipalities

On 6 April, the Ministry of the Environment and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) launched a campaign by sending a letter to all Finnish municipalities urging them to safeguard biodiversity in their areas. The aim of the letter is to encourage the active, voluntary fostering of the local natural environment among municipalities, their decision-makers and residents. Read more

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