Finland's best biodiversity input will be awarded

The best input for the halting the loss of biodiversity is currently being looked for in Finland. The IUCN National Committee of Finland, is seeking to find an individual, organisation or business that has been able to safeguard the vitality of nature and the functioning of ecosystem services in 2011 and 2012. The winner will be awarded in December by Minister of the Environment Ville Niinistö.

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The biodiversity input can entail, for example, practical nature conservation, communications, environmental education, research or business. The best biodiversity input will meet at least of the following criteria:

- Address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society
- Reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use
- To improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity
- Enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services
- Enhance implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management and capacity building

Entries for the competition should be made on October 31 at the latest by using the online tool.

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The way of the Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation to acquire old-growth forests and guarantee them permanent conservation status was awarded in 2010 as the Best Biodiversity Action in Finland. The best act to promote biodiversity in 2008 was the decision of Espoo City Council to protect 550 hectares of land to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the City. In 2006 Helsinki City Public Works Department’s Crafts Workshop was awarded the Countdown Certificate of Honour for landscaping the Vuosaari dump and landfill site in an innovative way and using native plants species. Today,  the best biodiversity input is sought for the fourth time.

For additional information:

- Senior Environmental Adviser Matti Nummelin, IUCN National Committee of Finland, Chair, +358 40 503 8442,
- Senior Advisor Liisa Nikula, IUCN National Committee of Finland, Secretariat, +358 40 528 8467,
- Counsellor Marina von Weissenberg, IUCN Regional Councillor, West Europe, +358 50 307 0806,


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