What is the best deed to promote biodiversity in Finland?

What is the best deed to promote biodiversity in Finland?

Helsinki, 25 July 2008 – The Finnish Countdown 2010 Certificate of Honour can again be sought after by organisations, associations, companies and private individuals who have developed innovative and effective ways to safeguard the vitality of the Finnish landscape and nature by means of practical nature conservation, awareness raising, environmental education, research or business.

The goal of the competition is to raise public awareness of new means to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010. In particular, the focus is placed on the following actions which applicants adopt in their commitment to save biodiversity:
- measures to safeguard the vitality of nature;
- initiatives to raise awareness of the importance for everyday life of diverse and well-functioning nature;
- promotion of sustainable development;
- innovative, effective and participatory ways to safeguard natural diversity.

The IUCN National Committee of Finland is formed by the State of Finland, the Hunters’ Central Organization, WWF Finland, the Finnish Society for Nature and Environment (Natur och miljö) and the Finnish Association of Nature Conservation, which was one of the founding members of IUCN in 1948. Furthermore, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Finnish Environment Institute and Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services are also involved in the work of the National Committee.

The competition will be opened in September and the winner will be chosen by the IUCN National Committee of Finland later this year. Additional information can be found at http://www.environment.fi/iucn

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