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SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute (Finland)DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University (Denmark)EC JRC - European Commission, Joint Research CentreIRSTEA - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (France)CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (United Kingdom)Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany)CIENS - Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Researchpeer


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Ten municipalities to become forerunners of the circular economy
21 November 2017, Society, SYKE
Ten Finnish municipalities − Ii, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Porvoo, Riihimäki, Rovaniemi, Turku and Vantaa − have committed themselves to promoting the circular economy in an ambitious and concrete way. As the first Finnish municipal network, they intend to implement the goals of the national waste plan by recycling at least 55 per cent of their municipal waste, by utilising at least 70 per cent of construction and demolition waste as materials, and by decreasing the amount of waste that they generate to the level that it was in 2000 by 2020.

NOS – the new free software for the analysis of ecological networks
06 October 2017, JRC
A new, free software suite for the analysis of ecological networks has been released. The suite, which is named ‘NOS’ (Node Overlap and Segregation Software) and whose features are described in detail in a recently published paper led by JRC scientist Giovanni Strona, includes a user-friendly online interface, a Python package, a standalone executable program, and an R package (available from CRAN at

The MEKROU project – promoting sustainability in the Mékrou basin
05 October 2017, JRC
A scientific-technical workshop organised by the JRC and the AGRHYMET Regional Centre was held in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from 19-23 September 2017 with the technical services of the national ministries (Agriculture and Hydrology) and meteorological services of Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger - the three countries involved in the MEKROU project. The objective of the workshop was to discuss the implementation and results of the hydro-agro-meteorological models developed by the JRC in the frame of the project in collaboration with the technical services and national research institutions.

New scientific report confirms positive economic trends for EU fishing fleet
29 September 2017, JRC
According to the latest Annual Economic Report, the overall economic performance of the EU fleet improved again in 2015. While still marginally profitable in 2009, the EU fleet registered record-high net profits of EUR 798 million in 2015, and estimates for 2016 and 2017 point towards further profitability gains. However, the report also confirms that economic performance stagnates where fleets depend on stocks which are still subject to overfishing or overexploitation.