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"Arctic Variety" published by Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will publish the book "Arctic Variety" on October 27th, 2016. The book was commissioned by the Europe Information of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Finland will chair the Arctic Council in 2017 – 2019. The book gives a voice to everyday actors and daily life of the Arctic in various professions and parts of Finland. Finland will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its independence next year as a happy, proud and understanding Arctic country. The book also tells about the Arctic Council, Finland's role in it, and linkages to the European Union and to other international politics. The themes include climate change, new shipping routes and interest in the north in the world's leading countries.

"Arctic Variety" is published in four languages – Finnish, Swedish, North Saami and English – and it can be ordered free of charge via the website of the Europe Information at eurooppatiedotus.fi. The five videos telling about everyday life in the Arctic can be viewed at youtube.com/eurooppatiedotus.

Read more about the book on Finnish Foreign Ministry website.

A holistic take on climate solutions: Green Growth Magazine published

A holistic take on climate solutions

Sustainable building and liveable, smart and sustainable cities are a priority area in the Nordic collaboration, which offers many examples of comprehensive solutions with people in focus. In this edition of “Green Growth the Nordic Way” you can learn about how smart Nordic energy solutions to common urban issues shorten the route towards the Nordic carbon-neutral scenario – a scenario that need not cost the earth to implement.

The Nordic market is a living laboratory for climate-smart solutions. In a preview of the Nordic Green to Scale project, we present some Nordic low-carbon success stories that, if they were scaled up in other parts of the world, could make a substantial contribution to attainment of the goals in the Paris Agreement. You can also read about the Nordic Prime Ministers’ initiative for tackling climate change and other global challenges.

Download the publication on this website.

A new bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region – doing a lot with little

The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) is promoting bioeconomy networks in the Baltic Sea Region as part of its role as a Horizontal Action Leader in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

There is a series of forums designed to promote the move towards a sustainable biobased economy in the Baltic Sea Region. Read more about the latest seminar at NCM's website.

To learn more about the Bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region, please see www.norden.org.

Arctic Altmetrics: Alternative Perspectives on the Impact of Arctic Research. A Working Paper

There exist a significant number of information sources, apart from the scientific literature, with which to assess the social impact of the findings produced by Arctic researchers and institutions. Various policy documents, online news and media publications, white papers, tweets, and Facebook posts provide additional data points to help assess the reach and potential impact of publicly funded research, including Arctic research. 

In this working paper, the writers provide some alternative perspectives of the way one could view the impact being made by Arctic-related science.

Download the paper on this link.

Arctic Research Publications: Scholarly Output Trends Using the Russian Index of Scientific Citations. A Working Paper

UArctic recently collaborated with ÜberResearch to produce a report entitled “International Arctic Research: Analyzing Global Funding Trends - A Pilot Report”.The nature of the Dimensions database means that that analysis was based upon project funding data. 

This working paper undertakes a preliminary analysis of how a similar approach could be used with a publications database, utilising the Russian Index of Scientific Citations (RISC) data.

Download the paper on this link.

Arctic Yearbook 2016 published

The Arctic Yearbook is the outcome of the Northern Research Forum and the University of the Arctic Thematic Network (TN) on Geopolitics and Security. The TN also organizes the annual Calotte Academy.

The Arctic Yearbook seeks to be the preeminent repository of critical analysis on the Arctic region, with a mandate to inform observers about the state of Arctic politics, governance and security. It is an international and interdisciplinary double-blind peer-reviewed publication, published online to ensure wide distribution and accessibility to a variety of stakeholders and observers.

Read the 2016 edition of Arctic Yearbook via this link.

Assessing the Status of Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region: A Macro-Regional Perspective

This background study is aimed at enabling fruitful cooperation between the Baltic Sea States in implementing and pursuing the 2030 Agenda and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and serves as a resource for developing governance for sustainable development in the region. Further, the report includes suggestions on how to organise the work for the global SD Goals in the future.

Download the study on Council of the Baltic Sea website.

BALSAM Project Final Report

Baltic Sea Pilot Project: Testing new concepts for integrated environmental monitoring of the Baltic Sea (BALSAM) was a project to enhance the capacity of the Baltic Sea member states to develop their marine environmental monitoring programmes.

Focusing on gaps identified in HELCOM, BALSAM provided recommendations for marine monitoring in the Baltic, especially for seals and seabirds, non-indigenous species and benthic habitats. The project also provided recommendations for further coordinated use of research vessels as well as improved data management and infrastructure in the Baltic.

Read the full version of the final report: improving the Coordination in the Monitoring of the Baltic Marine Environment. Action area: Species and habitats; Monitoring and assessment here.

Baltic Development Forum State of the Region 2016 report published

The 2016 State of the Region Report was written by Christian Ketels and Helge J. Pedersen, who also presented it in the Baltic Development Forum Summit in Stockholm on November 8th.

The report is titled "The Top of Europe - Doing Well Today, Feeling Worried about Tomorrow".

Download the report on BDF website.

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