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More than 100 million SEK extra to SGI for three years
Starting in 2009, SGI has been allocated an extra Government subsidy of 35 million SEK (approximately 3.2 million euro) a year for three years. According to the directives, the money should be used for mapping the landslide circumstances in the region along the Göta Älv valley as well as for some precautionary and educational measures in order to limit the vulnerability of society as a consequence of the climate change.
SGI takes over the national responsibility for R&D regarding contaminated land
Sweden has over 80 000 sites that are considered or presumed to be contaminated with toxic substances injurious to the environment and people's health. Several of these need to be cleaned before development and use for building construction. As from January 1st 2010 SGI has taken over the national responsibility for research and development of technology and knowledge regarding cleaning and restoring contaminated areas. The aim is to speed up the cleaning-up work in order to fulfil the Swedish Environmental Objectives.
R & D center part of SGI's activity
The Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI) is a geotechnical and environmental geotechnical competence centre. Applied research and development in these areas is a key part of our work. SGI has internationally recognized R & D activities carried out with high scientific standards. Our mission also includes knowledge dissemination and that new research results are put to practical use and benefit of society. The current R & D plan for SGI covers the three year period 2010-2012 and should be revised each year.
SGI reviews comprehensive and detailed development plans
In order to reduce damage and to meet new threats to the society, influenced by the climate change, it is absolutely necessary both to work preventing, by identifying and protecting vulnerable areas, and to improve the quality in planning in regard to the new situation.
The Swedish Government has assigned the Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI) to provide authority in supporting all Swedish County Administrative Boards as well as Local Authorities on geotechnical safety issues in the planning process. This extended assignment commenced in 2010. Previously, SGI had a comparable mission, however limited to the Västra Götaland Region, characterised by areas with particularly high landslide vulnerability, for example the Göta River Valley.
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