European Innovation Partnership for the renewing agriculture

European Innovation Partnership, EIP brings new tools for renewing agricultural industries. EIP aims at developing grass root level ideas into innovations. It connects the needs of agricultures with the research results. MDI organised a workshop for the EIP seminar in Hämeenlinna on four topics: criteria for EIP groups, themes, research and communication. The contents of EIP will be worked on during the next year when the applications for themes are due, too. The official EIP groups begin their work in 2015. This will include the farmers and other actors that form a group to work on a specific practical question for a specific time period. Experimenting, piloting and testing are central principles. MDI is eager to be with in the EIP development also in the future.

Working material (partly in Finnish) can be found here

http://www.maaseutu.fi/fi/index/kalenteri/koulutusmateriaalit/6KsZ3OCM7.html 

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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