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1 Finland Finland Tour of Brazil - Amazon Forest: Environment and Climate Change – Research Cooperation and Social Corporate Responsibility Tiina Vihma-Purovaara Counsellor, Science policy

2 Population of 5.4 million Higher education institution network covers the populated parts of the country Two complementary sectors –14 universities (four in the capital area) –24 polytechnics Student enrollment altogether ca Science and research is conducted also by research institutes University (blue) Polytechnic (green) Research institute (red) Higher Education Institutes in Finland km

3 Discipline evaluations The Academy of Finland conducts, coordinates and commissions evaluations of research with a view to improving both its performance and the quality and impact of Finnish science and research. The results of these evaluations are put to extensive use in various development projects. Research evaluations and assessments tie in closely with foresighting. Plant science Ecology and evolutionary biology

4 Biodiversity research 2013 ACADEMY OF FINLAND JOINT CALLS WITH SÃO PAULO RESEARCH FOUNDATION (FAPESP), BRAZIL –Scaling biodiversity in tropical and boreal streams: implications for diversity mapping and environmental assessment –Unmanned Airborne Vehicle- based 4D Remote Sensing for Mapping Rain Forest Biodiversity and Its Change in Brazil Unmanned Airborne Vehicle- based 4D Remote Sensing for Mapping Rain Forest Biodiversity and Its Change in Brazil –New sampling methods and statistical tools for biodiversity research: integrating animal movement ecology with population and community ecology –Biodiversity of cyanobacteria and their bioactive compounds from under-explored Brazilian habitats –Mapping Amazonian biodiversity at multiple scales by integrating geology and ecology

5 Climate change The environment will be left in better condition for future generations. Finland will be developed with the aim of becoming a forerunner in efforts to protect biodiversity and to mitigate climate change. The Government’s goal is to make the future Finland a carbon-neutral society, to propel Finland to a leading position in environmental technology, and to develop the nation into the most environmentally conscious society in the world. (Government programme Katainen/ Stubb) Research and development programmes related to climate change has been funded by Academy of Finland and Tekes CASE: Research programme on climate change FICCA See also: Centre of Excellence in Atmospheric Science – From Molecular and Biological Processes to the Global Climate, University of Helsinki, Professor Markku Kulmala

6 Finnish CSR Facts According to a survey conducted by Corporate Responsibility Network FIBS, vast majority of Finnish companies (71 %, N=201) see responsibility as an essential part of their business -> note worthy that no one sees responsibility as a non vital part of business, and no one states that CSR wasn’t a topical issue at the moment There is a culture of responsibility: most Finnish large companies have qualitative and/or quantitative CSR goals, they have a code of conduct, and CSR has been assigned as a responsibility for someone in the management group Environmental issues, fair practices with stakeholders, and employment practices are seen as key issues (local communities, consumer issues, and human rights are emerging trends) Most companies feel that their CSR work has benefitted the society 6

7 y_and_innovation_cooperation_between_europe_africa_and_the_lac_r egion/ Honorary Consul of Finland in Pará and Amapá Mr. Joao Augusto Rodrigues


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