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Salmonid Fish and Freshwater Pearl Mussel– Riverine Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity in the Green Belt of Fennoscandia (KO1017 SALMUS)

Programme funding: 1 776 752 € Total budget: 2 125 815 € Duration: 01.03.2019 – 31.08.2022

Healthy cross-border water ecosystems are a prerequisite for ecologically and economically sustainable life in the Program area. The overall objective of this project is to enhance cooperation and to harmonize common practices for assessing status of streams and rivers with a special emphasis on freshwater pearl mussel and salmonid fish. This is achieved by improving the knowledge-base of freshwater pearl mussel populations and by creating new approaches for conservation practices in the river ecosystems of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia. The main target group of the project are authorities responsible for the management of aquatic ecosystems. In addition, public awareness of biodiversity and its importance is raised in the Program area.
Lead partner: Metsähallitus, Parks and Wildlife Finland, Vantaa
Other partners:

* Alleco Oy, Helsinki, FINLAND
* University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä; FINLAND
* County Administrative Board of Norrbotten, Luleå, SWEDEN
* Natural Resources Institute Finland, Oulu, FINLAND
* Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research NIBIO, Svanvik, NORWAY
* Karelian Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Science, RUSSIA
* Institute of Industrial Ecology Problems of the North of the Kola Science Center of Russian Academy of Science (INEP KSC RAS), RUSSIA
Status: Ongoing
Type of the project: Standard Projects