The Baltic Sea has in terms of areal coverage the highest protection of all European marine regions; 12% of the HELCOM area is designated as marine protected areas (MPAs) thus, the target set by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity of conserving at least 10% of coastal and marine areas has been reached in the Baltic Sea.
The network of coastal and marine protected areas in the Baltic Sea, or HELCOM MPAs, is however not yet ecologically coherent, concludes the new HELCOM assessment. A coherent network, an achievement only possible through cooperation between the Baltic Sea countries, would ensure that the MPAs in the Baltic Sea are providing protection beyond the individual sites. Satisfactory coherence is important as it would contribute significantly to the biological diversity in the Baltic Sea and to favourable status of habitats and species, which are both major goals for HELCOM.
Read more and download the assessment on HELCOM website.
The latest NDPC Newsletter tells about news and events, about Communicating CCI projects, EUSBSR Priority Area Culture Conference and more what is going on in the sphere of cultural cooperation, cultural and creative industries in the Northern Dimension area.
Click here to read the NDPC Newsletter.
The latest NDPHS e-Newsletter focuses on the growing antimicrobial resistance that poses an increasingly serious threat to public health. A new NDPHS project, which addresses this issue and has been recently launched, is presented to that end. You will also find an update on the progress made by the NDPHS project on the HIV prevention among youth at high risk, and learn about the successful efforts of EUSBSR Priority Area Health stakeholders in attracting seed money funding. For those interested in the project-to-policy efforts, we present an article how ideas and advice provided by the NDPHS Expert Group on Non-Communicable Diseases have been followed in practice on a country level.
NDPHS e-Newsletter 2/2014
NDPHS e-Newsletter is published by the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing (NDPHS) Secretariat.
Northern Dimension Institute has launched a new publication series NDI Background Papers. The purpose of the NDI Background Papers is to raise awareness about emerging topics relevant to the ND thematic partnerships, and review the state of the art of research on them in the ND area.
The first background paper to be published in the series is Marine Plastic Debris Pollution in the Russian Arctic by Konstantin Zaikov and Nikita Sobolev, Northern Arctic Federal University, Arkhangelsk, Russia. http://www.northerndimension.info/images/Backgroundpapers/Marine_Plastic_Debris_Pollution_in_the_Russian_Arctic_-_NDI_Background_Paper.pdf
Finland’s former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen has made a study on Finland’s prospects for economic growth in the Arctic and northern regions. The report is now available in English.
The aim of the Paavo Lipponen‘s report (“Strategic Vision for the North”) was to identify the key factors that will make it possible for Finnish companies to succeed in sustainable northern business operations.
The report was an assignment by The Confederation of Finnish Industries EK, its’ member federations and the TT Foundation.
View the report A Strategic Vision for the North (pdf)
The new BarentSaga newsletter by International Barents Secretariat is published. The issue includes following articles:
- Arctic identity - what does it mean?
- A look into the Finnish chairmanship
- How to finance Barents cooperation
- Barents Rescue: Cross-border assistance for major accidents
- 12th Meeting of the Environment Ministers: new priorities of the Barents environmental cooperation
- Barents Profile: Maria Dianova
To read the newsletter, please visit the International Barents Secretariat web.
Torben M. Andersen
The Nordic Economic Policy Review is published by the Nordic Council of Ministers. This year’s issue is part of the Danish presidency programme for the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2015. The review addresses policy issues in a way that is useful for in-formed non-specialists as well as for professional economists. All articles are commissioned from leading professional economists and are subject to peer review prior to publication.
To read the review, please visit the Nordic Council of Ministers' website.
The Nordic Welfare Centreis an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers. Its mission is to enhance social policy work in the Nordic countries through education, public information, research and development, networking and international co-operation. The institution has now published its first issue of a research magazine "Nordisk välfärdsforskning".
The magazine site is in Norwegian but following English articles can be downloaded:
- The Norwegian policy to reduce health inequalities: key challenges
- ‘All’s well in Iceland?’ Austerity measures, labour market initiatives, and health and well-being of children
- Health inequalities – a challenge for the social investment welfare state
- Reducing health inequalities in Finland: progressing or regressing?
Please visit the website to download the articles.
Northern Dimension Institute Policy Brief 1 - January 2019 Designing innovative public services
Contemporary challenges that ND area governments face are increasingly sophisticated and complex. This is due to the rapid development of technologies that blur the boundaries between the government and citizens, and because of societal changes such as ageing of the population and increasing immigration flows. The ND Future Forum on Culture* focused on the potential of creative and cultural cross-overs in producing public services that tackle societal challenges more effectively.
Signe Adamoviča, Creativity Lab Latvia
Dr. Päivi Karhunen, CEMAT & Northern Dimension Institute
Prof. Riitta Kosonen, CEMAT & Northern Dimension Institute
*The Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) organized the ND Future Forum on Culture: Creating a better world through cultural and creative crossovers on 15 November 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The event gathered over 50 participants from 11 countries to discuss and share inspiring experiences and lessons learnt on the design thinking approach in public service and cultural and creative crossovers addressing societal challenges. The participants represented universities, cultural institutions, NGOs and governmental organizations.
Northern Dimension Institute Policy Brief 2 - January 2019
The curbing of black carbon emissions offers many benefits for the Arctic
Black carbon emissions are a global problem with special significance for arctic regions
Temperatures in the Arctic are rising clearly faster than the global average temperatures. The main reason are increasing amount of greenhouse gases, but black carbon, emitted from incomplete burning, contributes to the warming. It may cause some 20-25% of the warming in the Arctic, both through warming of the atmosphere and by accelerating melting due to reduced reflection of sunrays reaching ice and snow. Important sources of black carbon include transport, residential burning of coal and biomass, oil and gas flaring, and open burning of biomass from wildfires or the open burning of agricultural waste.
The health effects of black carbon emissions are significant. Black carbon is a component of the fine particles that have serious adverse health effects globally. The combined effects on the climate and health have motivated the Arctic Council and the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership to pay special attention to ways of reducing emissions of black carbon. The actions to reduce emissions need to be replicated globally for the positive effects to take effect. Globally residential combustion and transport emissions dominate. In the Arctic region emissions from oil and gas production are also important.
Prof. Mikael Hildén, Finnish Environment Institute and the Strategic Research Council
NDI Lead coordinator: Prof. Riitta Kosonen
*The Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) organized the Northern Dimension Future Forum on Environment: Black carbon and climate change in the European Arctic on 19 November 2018 in Brussels. The event gathered researchers, top experts, decision-makers and NGOs to discuss the future challenges as well as solutions available to avert the black carbon impacts of future climate change.