A joint programme involving five ELY areas with the aim of achieving the rural, environmental and climate goals in the Finnish Lake District

MDI, in cooperation with the Natural Resources Institute Finland, implemented a process for the development of the Finnish Lake District’s Rural Environment and Climate Programme which supports the selection of rural development priorities for ELY Centres in the Finnish Lake District for the programme period 2021–2027. The ELY Centres of North Karelia, North Savo, Central Finland, Southeast Finland and South Savo were involved in the preparation of the programme. The joint programme of the five ELY Centres supports the intensification of cooperation between rural and environmental actors across provincial borders.

The programme focuses on the Vuoksi and Kymijoki river basins which cover about a quarter of Finland’s agricultural land and more than half of Finland’s inland waterways. Waterways are at the heart of the programme in many ways. The programme will also examine the maintenance and promotion of biodiversity, the objectives and measures relating to carbon sequestration and the effects of the climate and the conditions for profitable economic activity and rural life. The broad subject matter is reflected in the cross-administrative and enabling nature of the programme.

The recent Environment and Climate Programme lists concrete measures for the following objectives:

  • The water status of the Finnish Lake District will remain good or at least improve to a good level
  • The Finnish Lake District will become carbon neutral
  • The biodiversity of the Finnish Lake District will be maintained or increased
  • Responsible and profitable business and sustainable living will increase

A sustainable green transition is achieved by investing in the diversity of RDI activities – the AGDA project continues to work on this theme

AGDA is a Nordic development project funded by the Nordic Gender Equality Fund (NIKK). The project focuses on the opportunities that a greater focus on diversity and inclusion could create in the RDI-field, particularly in respect of green transition.

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MDI leads the co-creative process of developing, piloting and sharing practices for wellbeing in Sustainable Cities

The challenge bundle work is the cross-cutting co-development of the “Sustainable City” programme, co-ordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, with the aim of producing and sharing information, knowledge and solutions to the challenges linking cities’ management and practice in the area of leading work towards sustainability. The work produces concrete development measures, new ways of doing things and peer learning.

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A new project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture will explore multi-locality from the point of view of companies and their employers: is place-independence becoming the future norm of successful companies?

Although remote working and place-independent work have already been examined extensively from both the public administration implications and individual perspectives,…

Read more A new project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture will explore multi-locality from the point of view of companies and their employers: is place-independence becoming the future norm of successful companies?