Finnish Environment Institute - SYKE (Finland)
The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is a national environmental research and development institute employing 600 staff. The Environmental Policy Centre of SYKE evaluates efficiency of environmental policy and supports the development and implementation of policy instruments, focusing on biodiversity, sustainable use of ES, sustainability of the built environment, and energy systems. SYKE has coordinated the FP6 SCALES project and has a leading role in several other EU projects including ALTER-Net, POLICYMIX, SCALES, STEP, KnowSeas, POINT, LIAISE and BESAFE.
The Natural Environment Centre of SYKE consists of two units, the Biodiversity unit and the Ecosystem Change unit. The Biodiversity unit promotes conservation of biodiversity by various measures including assessments of the conservation status of species and natural habitats and research on methods of management and restoration of habitats. The Ecosystem Change unit studies the effects of climate change and land use on biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ES. The Natural Environment Centre is involved in several international and national research projects including EU-funded projects, such as VACCIA (Life+) and GHG Europe (FP7).