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In February 2020 the attendants of the Barents Environmental Ministers’ Meeting visited SSAB HYBRIT site in Luleå.

International cooperation to reduce pollution in Barents region continues despite of pandemic (syke.fi)

Press release, April 6 2021 Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
Environment continues to be a high priority for the Barents cooperation. Foreign Ministers of the four Barents countries - Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden - emphasized it during the annual International Kirkenes Conference held on 17 February this year. “Environmental issues are high on the agenda of Barents cooperation. We have seen many success stories so far in the field of reducing pollution” says Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto.

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Aranda’s monitoring cruise: Spring bloom peak in Gulf of Finland and Baltic Proper

2021-05-18
The annual spring monitoring cruise of R/V Aranda took place in late April. This time the researchers ventured into new fields, as they also took genetic samples for phytoplankton. During the cruise the phytoplankton spring bloom was already at its peak in the Gulf of Finland. Spring is the time with the densest phytoplankton blooms in the Baltic Sea, but the phenomena is mostly unnoticed.
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Executing circular economy strategies in practice in Finland. Results and experiences from Circwaste project (helda.fi)
Circwaste – Towards Circular Economy is one of the biggest development projects accelerating the transition to a circular economy. During the period 2016–2020, the project has produced monitoring data on the development of circular economy and the sustainability of waste management, highlighted the circular economy concept, promoted stakeholder collaboration, supported strategic national processes, strengthened know-how and mainstreamed and concretised circular economy thinking. This interim report presents all the relevant results so far.