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SYKE Policy Brief: Ecological compensation needs to be used to secure biodiversity

Press Release 2019-11-20
In ecological compensation local damage caused by construction or industry is offset by improving biodiversity elsewhere. The principle is that the compensation is paid by the one that causes the damage. The SYKE Policy Brief published today states that legislation is needed to create rules for the compensation. The publication is aimed at decision-makers and companies.

 

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Ecological compenstions are worth taking into use  
In ecological compensation local damage caused by construction or industry is offset by improving biodiversity elsewhere.
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Assessment of the status of Finland’s waters

Status of lakes and rivers about the same as before, coastal waters have deteriorated

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