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First announcement: 14th International Conference “Ecological and economic problems of development of regions and countries (sustainable development, management of natural resources)”

We invite you to take part in the 14th International Conference of the Russian Society for Ecological Economics “Ecological and economic problems of development of regions and countries (sustainable development, management of natural resources)”

Date: 3.7.2017-7.7.2017
Place: Petrozavodsk, Russia
Webpage:   http://RSEE.org

RSEE-2017 Conference continues the tradition of the Russian Society for Ecological Economics (RSEE) to organize meetings of scientists, graduate and post-graduate students and professionals, where they discuss the results of basic and applied research on ecological economics.

The 14th conference in Petrozavodsk will be devoted to the discussion of topical issues in the field of sustainable development of countries and regions, methodology and practices of establishing and developing the economic mechanism of nature management and environmental protection, including payments for the use of natural resources and environmental impact, assessment and elimination of accumulated environmental damage, development of environmental target programs, management of ecological and economic systems, the problem of interactions between authorities, business and civil society, environmental safety.

Prospective thematic areas of the conference:
• environmental policy in Russia and around the world;
• economic instruments for regulating the use of natural resources and environmental protection;
• ecological and economic problems of development of northern and border regions;
• development of methods for estimation of economic damage from environmental pollution; elimination of accumulated environmental damage;
• interactions between authorities, business and the civil society in dealing with ecological and economic problems;
• environmental and economic problems of Karelia;
• the problem of resource- and energy-saving;
• the effectiveness of nature conservation activities;
• ecological-economic modeling in the field of sustainable development;
• economic environmental impact assessment and expert review.

Conference languages - Russian and English. Interpretation will be provided during sessions.

Important Dates
April 15: Submission of Abstracts (200 words) and Application Form (see below)
May 1: Acceptance notification and Second Announcement-Invitation with the rules for submission of Extended Abstracts (up to 4 pages) for publication.
May 20: Submission of Extended Abstracts, and  Early Registration
June 15: Preliminary Program

For more information, please see the first announcement.

First announcement: 14th International Conference “Ecological and economic problems of development of regions and countries (sustainable development, management of natural resources)”

We invite you to take part in the 14th International Conference of the Russian Society for Ecological Economics “Ecological and economic problems of development of regions and countries (sustainable development, management of natural resources)”

Date: 3.7.2017-7.7.2017
Place: Petrozavodsk, Russia
Webpage:   http://RSEE.org

RSEE-2017 Conference continues the tradition of the Russian Society for Ecological Economics (RSEE) to organize meetings of scientists, graduate and post-graduate students and professionals, where they discuss the results of basic and applied research on ecological economics.

The 14th conference in Petrozavodsk will be devoted to the discussion of topical issues in the field of sustainable development of countries and regions, methodology and practices of establishing and developing the economic mechanism of nature management and environmental protection, including payments for the use of natural resources and environmental impact, assessment and elimination of accumulated environmental damage, development of environmental target programs, management of ecological and economic systems, the problem of interactions between authorities, business and civil society, environmental safety.

Prospective thematic areas of the conference:
• environmental policy in Russia and around the world;
• economic instruments for regulating the use of natural resources and environmental protection;
• ecological and economic problems of development of northern and border regions;
• development of methods for estimation of economic damage from environmental pollution; elimination of accumulated environmental damage;
• interactions between authorities, business and the civil society in dealing with ecological and economic problems;
• environmental and economic problems of Karelia;
• the problem of resource- and energy-saving;
• the effectiveness of nature conservation activities;
• ecological-economic modeling in the field of sustainable development;
• economic environmental impact assessment and expert review.

Conference languages - Russian and English. Interpretation will be provided during sessions.

Important Dates
April 15: Submission of Abstracts (200 words) and Application Form (see below)
May 1: Acceptance notification and Second Announcement-Invitation with the rules for submission of Extended Abstracts (up to 4 pages) for publication.
May 20: Submission of Extended Abstracts, and  Early Registration
June 15: Preliminary Program

For more information, please see the first announcement.

BSR Policy Briefing: The EU-Russia relations and their reflections in the Baltic Sea region - Some recommendations for policy-makers

BSR Policy Briefing: The EU-Russia relations and their reflections in the Baltic Sea region - Some recommendations for policy-makers

By Stanislav L. Tkachenko

Since the early spring 2014 the European Union-Russia relations are in a deep crisis. Re-evaluation of principles and aims of the EU relations with Russia has been done at the level of communitarian structures in Brussels as well as by all EU member states. Multiple Russia’s attempts to destroy unity of the EU countries regarding rejection to recognize integration of Crimea into Russian Federation have failed. EU member states and the Union’s structures see Russia as fighting actor in the bloody conflict in Eastern Ukraine, but Russia ignores these claims. Current stalemate situation requires innovative steps for restoration of dialogue between the two entities. First of all, it is crucially important for the Baltic Sea Region as the only area where the EU and Russia have common land border. Future dialogue should be grounded at principles of mutual rejection of economic and visa sanctions, as well as on confidence-building measures, especially in hard-security issues. New Foreign Policy Concept of Russian Federation, which was adopted on November 30 2016, provides solid political and legal ground for these initiatives.

Read more on the Centrum Balticum's website.

From 2013 onwards Centrum Balticum has published BSR Policy Briefing series. Articles of Baltic Sea Region experts dealing with topical and significant issues of the region are published in the series.

AIDS Denialism: Fear and Uncertainty

December 1 marked World AIDS Day, the purpose of which is to increase global awareness of the disease. Researchers from HSE’s campus in St. Petersburg have spent the last two years studying a movement of individuals called ‘AIDS dissidents,’ or people who deny the existence of AIDS. Peter Meylakhs, Senior Research Fellow with the International Centre for Health Economics, Management, and Policy at HSE St. Petersburg, Russia discusses the phenomenon in detail 

Read the full article on HSE website.

Russia’s energy security in the long term: capacity remuneration mechanisms

Russia's capacity market and capacity remuneration mechanisms (CRMs) have not been effective in achieving the so called energy trilemma goals: energy security, sustainability and affordability. This is the finding of a doctoral dissertation at Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT.

The results show that implemented CRMs can guarantee Russia's energy security in the short term. However, the current capacity market design cannot provide market-based incentives to invest in new power plants, thereby undermining the provision of energy security in the future. CRMs for renewable energy alone will not suffice to achieve the sustainability goals set by the policy makers, at least in the short term. At the same time, CRMs, capacity payments, and challenges faced in the wholesale electricity result in high final consumer electricity cost, incentivising consumers to leave the market.

Capacity remuneration means that power producers receive capacity payments, which should cover their investments in new power plants within 10 to 20 years, while agreeing on building contracted capacity on time. However, the implementation of CRMs, together with overestimation of the demand growth, has resulted in a capacity oversupply in Russia. This has increased the amount of the old capacity that receives capacity payments to stay in the market in order for the system to stay reliable.

"As a result, capacity payments question the design of the capacity market and impact on the final consumer capacity price, and thus, result in an energy affordability issue," explains Evgenia Vanadzina,researcher behind the study.

Read more on LUT website.

 

South-East Finland - Russia CBC 2014-2020 Programme Info Sessions scheduled

The Managing Authority of the South-East Finland – Russia CBC 2014-2020 Programme invites organisations and individuals interested on cross-border cooperation programme and its financing opportunities to the open information seminars held in the programme core regions.  The events are organized in Mikkeli, Kotka and Lappeenranta in Finland andSt. Petersburg in Russia during November-December 2016.

Read more and register on programme website.

New Nordic-Russian co-operation programme on the environment and climate

The Nordic Ministers for the Environment have launched a new co-operation programme aimed at improving the state of the environment and addressing climate change in Northwest Russia. The programme will support a range of projects at the local and regional level and is expected to yield environmental benefits even in in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

The programme will be launched in early 2017 with a call for proposals targeted at non-commercial environmental and climate projects involving partners from the Nordic countries and Northwest Russia. Read more on the Norden website.

RIAC Report "Asian Players in the Arctic: Interests, Opportunities, Prospects"

Russian International Affair Council's report examines non-regional actors’ interests in the Arctic, their policy frameworks in the region and principal areas of Arctic studies. Authors also explore the Asian states’ positions on the international status of the Arctic. Specific attention is given to the prospects of cooperation between Russia and India, China, Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore in developing the region.

Download the report on RIAC website

Pre-announcement: Karelia CBC Call for Proposals

Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation has announced its first Calls for Proposals.  They will be opened on January 16th and on March 2nd 2017.

In January a Call for Proposal for regular projects in the priority Attractive cultural environmentand calls for proposals for micro projects in the priorities Growing cross-border business cooperationand Clean and comfortable region to livewill be opened. The micro calls will be open until March 23rd and the regular call until March 31st.

In March Calls for Proposals for regular projects in the priorities Growing cross-border business cooperationand Clean and comfortable region to livewill be opened. The calls will be closed on May 11th.

Read more on the Karelia CBC website.

Scientific research utilized in the development of the Komi Republic

The Republic of Komi is one of the easternmost territories in the Barents region located at the foothills of the Ural Mountains. Research done at the Komi Science Centre, Ural Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences – one of the newest members of the Northern Dimension Institute – has already for decades addressed the most acute cultural and socio-economic questions in the Russian European North and also played an important role in the development of the Komi Republic.

Funding available for Russian participation in joint projects

The Russian Federation has made some EUR 4 million available to finance the participation of Russian organisations in the current second call for applications of Interreg Baltic Sea Region.

Read more on the Interreg Baltic Sea Region website.

Increased NDEP grant for wastewater treatment in Gatchina, Russia

The second phase of a comprehensive wastewater treatment investment programme in Gatchina, Russia took a major leap forward today when a grant agreement worth EUR 500,000 was signed between the local waterworks Gatchina Vodokanal and the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP). The grant is intended to facilitate investments related to modernisation of the plant’s biological treatment lines and the improvement of phosphorus and nitrogen removal.
 
“Considering the local commitment and all the investments and improvements which have been carried out so far, I think it is fair to say that Gatchina is a symbol of success that will serve as a good example for other cities in the region,” said Jaakko Henttonen, Adviser to the EBRD.

Read more about the programme on NEFCO website.

New programme for Nordic-Russian co-operation in place

The application process for a new public co-operation programme between the Nordic Region and Russia will open on 3 October. The programme forms part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ latest efforts with regard to co-operation with Russia, as adopted by the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation at the start of the year. On Tuesday, a budget of DKK 6 million for 2016 was set aside for a co-operation programme which aims to increase stability, security, and development in the region.

Read more about the programme and application process on Norden website.

Nordic-Russian Cooperation Program 2016 results announced

The Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Education and Research supports joint cooperation projects between higher education and research institutions in Russia and the Nordic Countries.  In its meeting on June 20, 2016, the joint Nordic-Russian Working Group granted support to 14 higher education projects.

Among the 14 funded projects there are several Northern Dimension Institute network members - congratulations!

Please see the full list of funded projects from Programme website.

BEAC Transport Ministerial and the Steering Committee of the Barents Euro-Arctic Transport Area convened

The BEAC Ministerial Meeting took place in Arhangelsk, Russia on June 20th. The gathered participants from transport authorities from Norway, Finland, Sweden, European Commission, regional administrations - members of the Barents Regional Council, International Barents Secretariat, Council of the Baltic Sea States, as well as various stakeholders in the transport sector, and academics.

Read more: http://www.ndptl.org/activities-and-news/-/view/1221

 

ND Forum exploring the potential in the Arctic

The seventh Northern Dimension Forum focused on discussing the challenges and business opportunities in the Arctic region. The need for international cooperation and sustainable development in the Arctic was highlighted throughout the discussions. The ND Forum – organized by the Northern Dimension Business Council (NDBC) and the Association of European Businesses (AEB) – was held on 7 April 2016 in St. Petersburg with over 200 delegates attending the event.

International conference: “Lend-lease and Arctic Convoys: from Regional Cooperation Towards Global Coalition”, August 30, Arkhangelsk, Russia

NArFUINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
“LEND-LEASE AND ARCTIC CONVOYS: FROM REGIONAL COOPERATION TOWARDS GLOBAL COALITION”

August 30, 2016
Northern Arctic Federal University
Arkhangelsk, Russia

Northern Arctic Federal University located in Arkhangelsk, North-West Russia, is happy to announce the forthcoming celebrations dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Allied Arctic Convoy DERVISH. The celebrations will be held on 29 August - 1 September 2016 in Arkhangelsk and offer a diverse programme of ceremonial, public and cultural events.

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the International Conference “Lend-Lease and Arctic Convoys: From Regional Cooperation Towards Global Coalition” to be hosted by the Northern Arctic Federal University on August 30, 2016 alongside the extended programme on the regional level that you are also welcome to enjoy.

The Conference will be attended by officials, diplomatic missions, federal and regional authorities, veterans, researchers, students, general public, and media.

Conference Concept and Relevance

The joint economic potential of the Allied coalition became one of the most important sources for the victory in the World War II. The mechanism of Lend-Lease allowed the Allies to make efficient and prompt use of this potential, and continued to influence the world affairs even after the War’s conclusion, laying foundations for the concept of collaboration pool as well as several key international economic, political and cultural organizations. The Lend-Lease concept thus became one of the main global consolidating factors during and after the War. Today we can learn a lot from this joint experience in order to apply it for the development of effective solutions to combat international terrorism, global disasters, epidemics and other modern challenges calling for consolidation of efforts on the part of the international community.

One could hardly overestimate the role of the Northern Convoys as the shortest and most important route for strategic cargo supply to the USSR. The collaboration experience of the navy of 40 nations in the Arctic remains unparalleled and calls for further investigation.

Topics To Be Addressed

Within the framework of the Conference the following topics are offered for discussion:

  • The strategy of the Allied coalition during World War II;
  • The role of the Lend-Lease policy;
  • The political and historical context of the Northern Convoys history;
  • The convoy operation management;
  • The contribution of different nations in the convoy operations;
  • The importance of the northern route for the victory.

For further information, please contact Svetlana Pirogova, Head of NArFU International Communications Unit, at s.pirogova(at)narfu.ru. 

Northern Dimension Day 2016

The second Northern Dimension Day will be held back-to-back with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), scheduled for November 8th-9th, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

We cordially invite You to the second Northern Dimension Day to hear and discuss the future visions in the Northern Dimension cooperation.

Can we turn the Arctic into a black carbon free area? Will the automatization of transport improve the connectivity of the region? How can we more effectively fight against the increasing antimicrobial resistance of bacteria? What is the role of creative industries in improving the region’s innovativeness? These and other future trends shaping the development and cooperation in the ND area in 2030 will be discussed by a group of insightful panelists representing the four ND Partnerships and the ND Business council.

Time: 7 November 2016 at 16:00-18:00 Venue: Festlokal Camarillo, Kungstensgatan 22, 113 57 Stockholm, Sweden (map).

Program:

15.30 Registration and refreshments 16.00 Opening of the event Riitta Kosonen, Director, Center for Markets in Transition (CEMAT), Aalto University School of Business, lead coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) 16.10 Panel discussion moderated by Monika Zamachowska, Polish journalist and moderator specialized in European affairs. Future visions discussed by:

Jaakko Henttonen, Adviser, Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership Marek Maciejowski, Director, Northern Dimension Partnership on Health and Social Wellbeing Oddgeir Danielsen, Director, Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics Ilze Gailite-Holmberg, Senior Adviser, Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Pavel Isayev, Adviser to General Director, Severstal & Northern Dimension Business Council

Q&A 17.30 Mingling & Tapas buffet

Please register by 31 October using this link. The seminar participation is free of charge, but prior registration is required as seats are limited.

If you have any problems with the registration, kindly contact us: cemat(a)aalto.fi.

Please follow also our Twitter account for info about the ND Day: www.twitter.com/ND_Institute

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Publication: Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, A Guide to Best Practice

In a new book "Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, A Guide to Best Practice" Timo Koivurova and Pamela Lesser succinctly synthesise primary data gathered from interviews with local communities, indigenous peoples, NGOs, government officials and businesses in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Canada, Russia and the USA. Considering all stakeholder perspectives, they present the regulatory processes of all eight Arctic countries and also provide helpful flowcharts that depict the process graphically for each country. Measuring these practices against the 1997 Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, the only Arctic environmental impact assessment guidance document that has been officially approved by the ministers of all eight Arctic countries, this book identifies key areas where adherence to best practice is high, such as stakeholder outreach and development, as well as those areas that fall short.

Northern (Arctic) Federal University hosted BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research meeting

Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) hosted a meeting of the BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research (JWGER) in April 2016. The group unites 15 universities and research institutions from the northern territories of Russia, Norway, Finland and Sweden, aimed at solving crucial problems of scientific and educational cooperation expansion in the Barents Region. NArFU has been co-chairing the group since 2011.

The meeting's agenda included an overview of universities' international activities, presentation of JWGER group's work results in 2016, and discussion of the Barents universities’ role in the implementation of the Russian BEAC Chairmanship objectives.

In addition, it was decided to prolong NArFU’s chairmanship for the next two years. Marina Kalinina, Rector’s Adviser on International Cooperation, shall continue her work as the JWGER Chair.

For further information, please visit the NArFU's website.

International Conference «The perspectives of socio-economic development of border regions», June 9-10, Petrozavodsk, Russia

Date: June 9-10, 2016
Place: Petrozavodsk, Russia
Registration deadline:  May 25th, 2016.

Institute of Economics of Karelian Research Centre of Russian Academy of Sciences invites you to take part in the International Conference «The perspectives of socio-economic development of border regions». 
 
The conference offers the opportunities to discuss the following issues: 
  • Priorities and problems of border regions in the new geopolitical conditions and an escalation of international tension;
  • The economic security of border regions;
  • Social and economic differentiation of border regions;
  • New institutions of economic cooperation between border regions;
  • Features of regional policy in relation of border regions;
  • Import substitution as a factor of development of border regions;
  • Cross-border cooperation and modernization of the economy;
  • Investment climate and foreign investment in border regions;
  • Migration in border regions;
  • The practice of cross-border cooperation at the municipal level. 

Please find the Conference newsletter here, and the registration form here

NDI Co-coordinator NArFU actively involved in Barents cooperation

The Commission of Senior Officials of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) met in Arkhangelsk, Russia, on 22 March 2016 with the participation of representatives of the European Union and ministries of foreign affairs of the Russian Federation, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. The meeting was held within the frames of the Russian Federation chairmanship in the Barents Euro-Arctic Council.

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