International Cross-Border Cooperation in Euro-Arctic Region
On February 23, scientists of PetrSU and specialists from Norway and Finland held the first working meeting on an international grant.
In the large and structurally complex Arctic, the micro-region of the Barents Sea called the Euro-Arctic region stands out. In terms of its physical and geographical characteristics, the Euro-Arctic zone appears to be promising for the infrastructure cross-border projects development. The Kolarctic CBC program, a financial instrument to support cooperation between the northern regions of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Northwestern Russia, has been set up and is functioning effectively.
On February 23, PetrSU scientists and specialists from Norway and Finland held the first working meeting on the supported international grant Kolarctic Project 5004 KO5004 "Gap and barrier analysis of Euro-Arctic coastal wetlands conservation".
The members of the working team joined the meeting, including Alexey Popov, (Scientific-Technical Undertaking RubusLLC), Sergey Uvarov (WWF's Barents Sea regional office), Liudmila Sergienko (Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor of the Petrozavodsk State University), T. Yu. Minaeva (Candidate of Biological Sciences, Senior Researcher, Centre for the Conservation and Restoration of Wetland Ecosystems IFS RAS), specialists from Norway - Paul E. Renaud, Alexei Bambulyak, Benjamin Merkel, (Akvaplan-niva AS), Finland - Outi Maria Laatikainen (Kajaani University of Applied Sciences), Yulia Korshunova, the Head of the Russian branch office of Kolarctic (Murmansk).
The online meeting covered the main issues to be resolved during one year period of the mini-project - ecological problems and barriers aimed at the conservation and sustainable use of coastal ecosystems in the Barents Region, gap analysis in the information available to establish a coastal wetland monitoring system, approvement of methodological and technical approaches to coastal wetland monitoring and assessment in the Pechora Bay of the Barents Sea, visualization and organization of the information assessment results.
There was a very insightful discussion. The participants of the project agreed to hold meetings regularly every two weeks. The next meeting isscheduled for March 8.