Project JÄRKI

Luonnon-ja riistanhoitosäätiö, Järki-hanke

Project JÄRKI – environmental advice for farmers and decision support for policy makers

Järki-hankkeessa edistetään luonnon monimuotoisuutta ja vesiensuojelua maa- ja metsätalousympäristössä monipuolisesti ja yhteistyössä useiden tahojen kanssa.

In January 2009 Nature and Game Management Trust Finland started in cooperation with a Baltic Sea Action Group an advisory projectfor farmers in reasonable water management and biodiversity maintenance. In addition to the advisory work, the purpose of the project is to reveal the worst bottlenecks in adopting proper water and biodiversity conservation actions into the economically viable farming.  The Finnish name of the project stands for Sensible enhancement of water protection and biodiversity in agriculture.

The project is funded among others by Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to promote Finnish agriculture and industry and support social and cultural activities in Finland. It was founded by Göran Ehrnrooth and Louise Ehrnrooth. From the beginning of year 2011 the project is also funded by Sophie von Julin Foundation which has made it possible to bring in an environmental advisor to work in the Uusimaa region. In 2012 also The Finnish Cultural Foundation and Ministry of Environment started to finance Järki-project.

The project focuses on agri-environmental issues, i.e. water protection, biodiversity and connected recreational use in Finland. Numerous measures can be taken in agriculture to improve these three issues. According to studies the efforts to improve water quality and biodiversity have been so far insufficient. Järki-project aims to solve problems that are acting as barriers for these measures to be put into practice in the farm level. This varies from solving practical issues to proposed changes to the agri-enviromental scheme.

The project starts at the grass root level; advisors visit farms to help find suitable solutions. Experience and knowledge gained at the grass root level is then brought to decision makers so that farmers can have a better working and more appealing agri-environmental programme in the future. Järki was involved with the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 preparation work groups.

The new period of JÄRKI project has started in 2014 and will contunue until end of the year 2018.

The project is funded among others by Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to promote Finnish agriculture and industry and support social and cultural activities in Finland. It was founded by Göran Ehrnrooth and Louise Ehrnrooth. From the beginning of year 2011 the project is also funded by Sophie von Julin Foundation which has made it possible to bring in an environmental advisor to work in the Uusimaa region. In 2012 also The Finnish Cultural Foundation and Ministry of Environment started to finance Järki-project.

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