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Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, Finland: Good results through collaboration – NGO and university partnerships

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  • 1. FIN-MIPS Household Study – Fruitfull Collaboration between NGO and Universities Elli Kotakorpi Finnish Association for Nature Conservation elli.kotakorpi@gmail.com + 358 40 825 4354 1 Elli Kotakorpi Making an Impact, Brussels 12/2009
  • 2. The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation •  Biggest Finnish environmental NGO •  34 000 members •  76 corporate members •  15 regional organisations, 209 local societies •  Appr. 30 employees •  Participating actively in political discussion and preparation of legislation •  Biodiversity, municipal planning , EU, Baltic Sea, energy and climate change, sustainable resource use, sustainable lifestyles, waste prevention, ... 2 Elli Kotakorpi Making an Impact, Brussels 12/2009
  • 3. FIN-MIPS Household – What Was Done Assessing the amount of natural resources consumed by Finnish households, using the MIPS-tool 1.  MIPS studies covering different consumption sectors 2006-2007 •  pre-study on existing data, interviews in Middle Europe •  6 master’s theses on MIPS data 2.  Household Application in 2007 •  27 households monitoring their consumption •  piloting and assessing the usefulness of MIPS •  2 master’s thesis, 2 bachelor’s thesis 3.  Illustration and conclusions •  suggestions and conclusions •  popularisation of results, communication materials 3 •  www.onedidit.com
  • 4. The Research Group Heikki Michael Satu Lähteenoja Elli Kotakorpi Riina Pykäri Nina Lämsä Susiluoma Lettenmeier Marja Salo Petro Tamminen Sini Veuro Tommi Kauppinen Karoliina Luoto Tiina Moisio 4 Dorothee Dutter Hanna Ruohonen Kaisa Merilahti Jenni Heikkinen Samu Piha
  • 5. FIN-MIPS Household - Promoting Sustainable Consumption: co-operation Also involved: •  Ministry of trade and industry •  Kesko corp. •  City of Lahti and several other municipal organisations •  Sustainable consumption network of Finnish NGOs •  Helsinki Mertropolitan Area Reuse Centre •  Wuppertal institute, CSCP, SERI 5 Elli Kotakorpi Making an Impact, Brussels 12/2009
  • 6. Sub-Reports (in Finnish) 6 Elli Kotakorpi Making an Impact, Brussels 12/2009
  • 7. Cooperation with Universities and Research Institutes - The University Departments involved through the master’s and bachelors thesis:   Department of Regional Studies, Tampere University   Department of Geography, Oulu University   Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Department of Economics and Management, Department of Home Economics, Helsinki University   Department of system analysis, Helsinki University of Technology   Troyes University - Input from prestigious national and international research institutes: National Consumer Research Centre, Thule Institute, Wuppertal Institute, CSCP, SERI -  Different ministries involved through funding, the advisory board and 5 sub-reports were published in the publications series of the ministries 7 Elli Kotakorpi Making an Impact, Brussels 12/2009
  • 8. Lessons Learned from Cooperation with Research - The research expertise of the universities was brought to the project through the master’s and bachelors thesis.  A truly interdisciplinary approach (environmental science, environmental economics, environmental policy, regional studies, technology…) -  Also beneficial for dissemination, information about the project spread to many universities and research institutes -  Valuable advice from research institutes to methodology issues -  Many new enthusiastic people were brought to the SCP agenda (5 people from the project now employed in the field) -  Rewarding but also quite a lot of work for the students. - A cost-effective way to implement a research project (the students did receive a grant for their work) -  Also some potential risks involved (i.e. the quality of work produced by students  A much better result than the CSO could achieve alone! 8
  • 9. The Final Results! •  The final report is available both in Finnish and English •  English version of the final report can be downloaded from http://www.ymparisto.fi/ default.asp? contentid=316115&lan=en 9 Elli Kotakorpi Making an Impact, Brussels 12/2009
  • 10. Thank you! Elli Kotakorpi elli.kotakorpi@gmail.com +358 40 825 4354 10 Elli Kotakorpi Making an Impact, Brussels 12/2009