22.2.2014 Towards new agriculture and rural development

The ex-ante evaluation, that has walked along with the preparation of the Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland for the 2014–2020 programming period for over one and a half year, is now finished. The evaluators are happy to notice that the ex-ante evaluation has been fully exploited. Rural development will be based on traditional measures, but it will also tackle upcoming challenges with new, innovative means. The significance of the programme in regional development will grow further and play an essential role in renewing the agriculture and rural areas when approaching the 2020s. The ex-ante evaluation was carried out by MDI in co-operation with MTT Agrifood Research Finland, Nordregio, and University of Eastern Finland.

The ex-ante evaluation (report in Finnish, executive summary in English) is published here:

http://www.mmm.fi/attachments/mmm/julkaisut/julkaisusarja/2014/XEmwky399/MMM_M-S_ennakkoarviointi_22014_web.pdf 

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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