Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP), the Minister of the Environment, engaged in a heated exchange with her predecessor, Ville Niinistö (Greens), over wetland protection at the Parliament on Thursday. The debate was sparked by Martti Korhonen (Left Alliance), the chairperson of the Environment Committee, who asked whether the Government intends on carrying out the wetland protection programme frozen by the newly-appointed Minister of the Environment in order to canvass the willingness of landowners to commit to protection on a voluntary basis.
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Wetland protection sparks heated debate
Grahn-Laasonen stressed that she has no intention of suspending the programme altogether but is simply approaching the issue from a new viewpoint. “The previous idea was to threaten landowners with expropriation.