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Arctic Maritime Security SARC Project launched

The Finnish Border Guard has launched the SARC Project to enhance and develop cooperation and competence of the maritime security authorities in the Artic countries with a practical approach. Increasing activity in the Artic demands also the authorities to evaluate and develop their competence and ways of cooperation in the challenging conditions. The SARC project invites the authorities to act together but the project also aims to work closely with the stakeholders within representing Arctic industry and research. The project promotes actively Finnish Arctic knowhow and best practices.

Read more about the project on Finnish Border Guard 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.

Finnish maritime industries will create an ecosystem for autonomous marine transport

The objective of the ecosystem is to create the world’s first autonomous marine transport system to the Baltic Sea. Ships will be fully autonomous in 2025. The first pilots and applications in months to come are cargo ships and freight.

There are almost 60 companies in the ecosystem through Finnish Marine Industries Association. The largest investors are Cargotec, Ericsson, Meyer Turku, Rolls-Royce, Tieto, and Wärtsilä. About half of the ecosystem’s funding comes from Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

Read more about the project on DIMECC website.

Arctic Expertise in Nordic Cooperation -seminar

Arctic Expertise in Nordic Cooperation -seminar was organised by the Finnish Prime Minister's Office on September 5th, 2016. The seminar's main purpose was to deepen cooperation between and among actors in the arctic region. Former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen and Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce talked in the second part of the seminar. Please see the webcast on Finnish Government website.

Project MERMAID gave recommendations for sustainable development in the Arctic

Finnish Meterological Institute, together with three university partners in Finland,  has completed the MERMAID (Identifying Risks and Opportunities for Marine Transport and Tourism in the Arctic) project during 2014-2016. The project supports the implementation of the Arctic Strategy of Finland and preparations for the Finland's chairmanship of the Arctic Council 2016.

The recommendations of the project include e.g. establishing a multidisciplinary education program for offshore and subsea expertise, joint marketing efforts for Arctic tourism and application of environmental regulation follow-up system. Open co-operation and knowledge sharing with Russia on multiple levels is recommended, for example by recognizing correct regional co-operation actors and broadening the co-operation to new areas. More about the project results and recommendations can be found from Policy Brief 3/2016.

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.

Open position: a Professorship in Arctic Research combined with the post of Vice President of Research of the University of the Arctic

The University of Oulu invites applications for a full professorship position in Arctic research combined with the post of Vice President of Research of the University of the Arctic.  

Applications, including attachments, should be submitted using the electronic application form by September 2,  2016.

For further information, please visit the University of the Arctic website.

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.

NDPTL: Intermodal Transportation via Rail Baltica - a Remarkable Opportunity for Finnish Industry and Trade

A roundtable discussion within the frames of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL)  project "Elimination of obstacles for Intermodal transportation in transit through Poland, Lithuania and Belarus" took place in Helsinki, Finland, on 26 April 2016.

The aim of the roundtable was to discuss opportunities and potential with Finnish industry and trade organisations for door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal intermodal services between Finland and mainland Europe.

For further information, please visit the NDPTL website

Publication: Gender, Education and Population Flows: Summary report on knowledge, cross-Nordic experiences and examples from practice

Bennike, Kathrine Bjerg
Faber, Stine Thidemann
Nielsen, Helene Pristed

During the Danish Presidency for the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2015, attention was drawn towards challenges and best practice examples in relation to gender, education and population flows in peripheral areas throughout the Nordic countries - Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and the autonomous countries, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. The present report summarises the findings and conclusions which are covered in the existing Nordic research and literature within the field, as well as the experience and professional responses, which were presented during the course of the common dialogue and exchange of experience.

To read the report, please visit the Nordic Council of Ministers webpage.

The 9th Baltic Sea Region Forum 2016 in Turku, Finland

The 9th Baltic Sea Region Forum 2016 will be organized on 20 May in Turku, Finland under the theme "Maritime cluster in the Baltic Sea region and beyond". The focus of the Forum will be on transport, shipbuilding and maritime cluster. The keynote speech will be delivered by the former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen.

See the programme and more information on http://www.centrumbalticum.org/en/events/baltic-sea-region-forum

Dissertation: Black carbon deposition in the European Arctic from the preindustrial to the present

Meri M. Ruppel
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Helsinki, Finland

The objective of this thesis is to collect new spatial and temporal data on BC deposition in the European Arctic from the preindustrial to the present (i.e., the last ca. 300 years), and assess BC sources and climatic implications, by analysing five lake sediment cores from Arctic Finland and an ice core from Svalbard. 

The results suggest that black carbon may have exerted a significant impact on the radiative forcing and thereby past climatic warming of the Arctic, in the most recent three or four decades. However, the study indicates that local results cannot necessarily be extrapolated over wider areas, and therefore further studies are required to establish regional black carbon deposition trends within the Arctic.

To read the thesis, please visit University of Helsinki webpage.

Newsletter by International Barents Secretariat, 3/2015

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.

Creative Economy Spearhead Themes in the Triangle City Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region – A Feasibility Study

Creative Economy Spearhead Themes in the Triangle City Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region – A Feasibility Study

The feasibility study project  “Collaboration between the Triangle Cities Tallinn-Helsinki-St. Petersburg in the field of creative industries” mapped out the common interests to cooperate between the creative industry actors in Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Helsinki. The project arranged roundtable meetings in each city during the spring and summer. During the roundtable meetings common themes could be found quite easily. Ideas were also already in the early stages intertwined with other than the creative industries. This shows that the application of creative competence in other sectors, so-called “creative economy” is well understood by the actors in the Triangle City region. The rountable sessions also showed that there is a consensus among the actors that co-operation in the field of creative industries and creating joint offerings would increase critical mass and visibility.

First edition of Creative Entrepreneurship Academy 2016

Creativity Lab together with Nordic Council of Ministers, Estonian Business School and Creative Business Cup are organising the Creative Entrepreneurhip Academy (CEA) in January 18-22, 2016 in Tallinn (Estonia) and Helsinki (Finland). The 5-days training programme includes interactive sessions and practical workshops, field trips and internationally renowned speakers.

The session is desighned for representatives of organisations and authorities that are responsible of creating strong creative ecosystem for talents and businesses to grow.

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New study on Finland’s prospects for economic growth in the Arctic and Northern regions.

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)

Larger challenges can only be solved across industries and fields

The role of cultural and creative industries (CCI) in fostering innovation and regional development was the focus of attention in the Creative Industries round table of the 6th ND Forum.

In the photo: Kenneth Agerholm (ARTLAB Denmark), Elizaveta Kiseleva (MosART), Ilze Gailite Holmberg (NDPC) and Silja Suntola (Creative Industries Finland) discussing during the creative industries round table. Photo: AEB.

Economic trends reflected on the rails - new growth sought in Russian services

The Finnish VR Group is engaged in diverse and persevering collaboration with the Russian Railways (RZD). The common track gauge allows smooth rail transport between our two countries. The good and confidential relations between the railway companies promote business on both sides at all times.

The Allegro train started operations from Helsinki to St. Petersburg in 2010. It led to considerably faster passenger traffic between the countries. Allegro takes passengers from city centre to city centre in just 3.5 hours. Meanwhile, the Tolstoi night train operating between Helsinki and Moscow got new rolling stock last summer. The better-equipped cars, the upgraded train restaurant, and personal service are helping put night train travel on a new upward track.

Practical cooperation in the Barents region remains active

Finland’s two-year Chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) started in late 2013 and has now reached the half-way mark. BEAC is a forum for intergovernmental and interregional cooperation in the Barents Region. As the chair, Finland strives to strengthen the exchange of information and dialogue between the different regional fora. The atmosphere in the Council has been constructive and progress has been made in many issues such as the development of Barents Transport Plan and regional climate strategies.

Report: Growth from the North. How can Norway, Sweden and Finland achieve sustainable growth in the Scandinavian Arctic?

Finland's Prime Minister’s Office has published an independent expert group report Growth from the North. How can Norway, Sweden and Finland achieve sustainable growth in the Scandinavian Arctic?

Norway, Sweden and Finland share common economic, environmental and social interests in the Scandinavian Arctic. The report defines four drivers of growth and offers four instruments for the Governments of Norway, Sweden and Finland to use to secure sustainable economic growth in the North.

The report is written by Anne Husebekk, Rector, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, Magdalena Andersson, Governor, Västerbotten County, Sweden and Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce, Finland.

Register your event for Helsinki Design Week

The biggest design festival in the Nordic region, Helsinki Design Week, will be held 4 – 14 September 2014. Now you too can play a part in making Helsinki Design Week happen! Submit your event proposal by filling in a form at http://www.helsinkidesignweek.com/registration/form/ by May 30th.

The Helsinki Design Week 2014 theme is all about Taking the leap, gathering up the courage to jump into something new and turning your ambitious ideas into reality. Leap in and show us what you can do! Helsinki Design Week is a multi-disciplinary festival; all kinds of design-related events are welcome for our programme.

For more information about the Helsinki Design Week, please visit http://www.helsinkidesignweek.com/

Report: Situation analysis of existing occupational health service systems in NDPHS countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Finland, Norway, Russia and Germany (2012)

Situation analysis of existing occupational health service systems in NDPHS countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Finland, Norway, Russia and Germany (2012)

Jankauskas, R., Eičinaitė-Lingienė, R., Kartunavičiūtė, J.
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

The aim of the survey was to analyse the practical set-up of Occupational Health Services (OHS), describing their structures, conten and professionals engaged, in selected NDPHS countries.

Project: Listening to Architecture, Composing spaces

Listening to Architecture, Composing spaces. Baltic Network of Design, Architecture and Music

The project aims to introduce in Russia the best European experiences in the fields of environment friendly architecture and energy-saving building construction, design of public spaces for disabled people and design and architecture for children through a number of activities.

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