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Adapting management of Barents forests to future climate and economy conditions (KO4040 IMPRESS)

Programme funding: 722 318 € Total budget: 985 420 €

Duration: 20.09.2019 - 30.09.2022

Short description of the project
IMPRESS project addresses the need to combine economic activities in timber industry and long-term values associated with forest ecosystems, such as preservation of biodiversity and carbon storage. Differences among project partner countries in economic and geographic settings call for careful consideration and analysis of existing and emerging forest management practices.
IMPRESS project facilitates introduction of sustainable management approaches into commercial forestry operations across the Barents region. To reach this goal, project partners will:
- identify knowledge gaps limiting use of the most efficient forest management practices,
- organize workshops for Russian, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish stakeholders to find out their expectations and demands,
- develop training courses and video-guidelines for forester managers,
- synchronize interregional forest management and climate resilience strategies.
In addition to it, demonstration areas will be established to showcase sustainable forestry management solutions. Project results will be spread through a web-based platform, where detailed information on sustainable forest management in high latitudes will be available for interested stakeholders and general public.
IMPRESS will also pay special attention to cooperation with other forestry initiatives in the Barents region. Such collaboration will enhance joint capitalization and promotion of knowledge and activities aimed at maintenance of valuable northern landscapes.

Lead partner: World Wildlife Fund, Arkhangelsk, Russia
Other partners:

* Swedish Forest Agency, Jönköping, Sweden
* Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
* JSC Ilim Group, Arkhangelsk, Russia
* Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, Rovaniemi, Finland

Call for proposal: 3rd call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 6. Environmental protection climate change mitigation and adaptation

Agroforestry in Barents region (KO1157 AgroFore)

Programme funding: 754 733 € Total budget: 838 592 €

Duration: 01.11.2018 - 31.10.2021

Short description of the project
Agrofore project is about agroforestry; it develops and tests combinations of diversified farming systems which integrate trees, shrubs, other plants and livestock production. The project seeks to achieve better understanding on how agroforestry systems function in Barents region in different kinds of environments. The project will demonstrate the benefits and viability of agroforestry systems and promote their adoption in the region.

Lead partner: Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Rovaniemi, Finland
Other partners:
*Northern Arctic Federal University, Arkhangelsk. RUSSIA
*Natural Resources Institute Finland, Helsinki, FINLAND
*Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Tromsø. NORWAY

Call for proposal: 1st call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 1. Business and SME development

Arctic Coast Bioremediation (KO1001 ACBR)

Programme funding: 1 258 920 € Total budget: 1 398 799 €

Duration: 15.10.2018 - 31.10.2021

Short description of the project
The risk of oil spills has become a real threat due to the expansion of the oil and gas industry and transportation activities in the Arctic. Spills in the vicinity of the coast are the most dangerous, as their effects can last for years and even decades.
The most promising method of remediation of oil-polluted coastal zones is a biotechnological approach based on natural self-recovery processes in the environment. The biotechnology to be created within the project is based on three components: oil-degrading microorganisms, sorbents and plants which will allow to restore the vegetation in oil-polluted territories.

Lead partner: FBI State Regional Centre for Standardization, Metrology and Testing in the Murmansk Region (MCSM), Murmansk, Russia
Other partners:
* Institute of Industrial Ecology Problems of the North of the Kola Science Center of Russian Academy of Science (INEP KSC RAS), Apatity, RUSSIA
* OOO Storvik Consult, Murmansk, RUSSIA
* Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Helsinki, FINLAND
* UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsö, NORWAY

Call for proposal: 1st call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 6. Environmental protection climate change mitigation and adaptation

Arctic Railway Infrastructure in Kolarctic II (KO2011 ARINKA)

Programme funding: 1 528 207 € Total budget: 1 698 008 €

Duration: 15.10.2018 - 31.10.2021

Short description of the project
The railway infrastructure has a central role in the Kolarctic region and enables efficient transportation of ore, timber, goods and passengers both inside and out of the region. In Europe and in the Kolarctic region, there is an increasing demand for the railways to be better utilized through heavier, longer, faster and more frequent trains. This, together with the harsh arctic conditions, causes certain requirements for the railway infrastructure.
The project ARINKA aims to develop a cross-border railway research and development collaboration between parties in the Kolarctic region. The project aims to exchange railway technical know-how and best-practice solutions with the goal of making the Kolarctic railway more reliable through robust rail infrastructure solutions, more cost-effective maintenance and repair operations, and railway infrastructure monitoring through advanced sensor technology solutions.

Website: arinka.eu/

Lead partner: Northern Research Institute Narvik. Narvik, Norway
Other partners:
*Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, SWEDEN
*Trafikverket, Luleå, SWEDEN
*Bane NOR, Hamar, NORWAY
*Lapland University of Applied Scienses, Rovaniemi, FINLAND
*Finnish transportation Agency, Oulu, FINLAND
*Federal State Budget Educational Institution for Higher Educational "Empreror Alexander I St. Petersburg State Transport University", St. Petersburg, RUSSIA
*Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity, RUSSIA
*October Railway - Branch of Joint Stock Company "Russian Railways", Murmansk, RUSSIA

Call for proposal: 2nd call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 2. Fluent mobility of people, goods and knowledge
Thematic objective: 7. Improvement of accessibility to the regions, development of sustainable and climate-proof transport and communication networks and systems

Barents On Time (KO2020)

Programme funding: 177709 Total budget: 257990

Duration: 01.03.2019 - 30.11.2020

Short description of the project
The boundaries between Russia, Finland and Norway are crossed daily by hundreds of travellers. Travelling by bus is not always convenient and efficient: poor connection to domestic bus routes and air routes, no joint information platform with destinations and timetables, limited possibilities for buying tickets online. The project “Barents On Time” (BoT) has an objective to provide cross-border travellers with up-to-date tools and services: website with timetable and route search, mobile ticket application and information screens on bus stops. The project will facilitate bus priority at cross-border checkpoints, produce emergency plan to increase safety and efficient timetable.

Lead partner: Finnmark County Authority, Norway
Other partners: OOO Murmansky avtovokzal, Russia
Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Lapland (Lapland ELY-centre), Finland

Call for proposal: 2nd call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 2. Fluent mobility of people, goods and knowledge
Thematic objective: 7. Improvement of accessibility to the regions, development of sustainable and climate-proof transport and communication networks and systems

Barents Region Initiative for Developing Growth and Employability (KO1013 BRIDGE)

Programme funding: 1 145 101 € Total budget: 1 272 333 €

Duration: 15.10.2018 - 31.10.2021

Short description of the project
The project BRIDGE will enhance employability of university graduates; help to overcome a gap between requirements of SME and students’ competence level. BRIDGE provide firms with opportunity for becoming acquainted with future employees, students for meeting potential employers. Crossborder tourism, critical income source in peripheries, will be main field of action. BRIDGE relies on supporting international knowledge mobility. Existing partnership of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) serves partnership building with SME.

Overall objective is support of youth employment and economic growth by building a joint education platform of Higher Education Institutions and SME’s. International groups of last-year students will write pre-graduation theses for firms, solving tasks in product/service innovation, customer development, market entry. Student competencies span Business and Tourism Management, Information Technology, Law, Language and Intercultural communication. As home country ambassadors, students help solving cross-border business communication problems.

Lead partner: UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Alta, Norway
Other partners:
* Murmansk Arctic State University, Murmansk, RUSSIA
* Petrozavodsk State University, Petrozavodsk, RUSSIA
* ITMO University St Petersburg, St. Petersburg, RUSSIA
* Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Rovaniemi, FINLAND

Call for proposal: 1st call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 1. Business and SME development

Barents Region Transport and Logistics (KO1029 BRTL)

Programme funding: 1492426 Total budget: 1 343 183,00 €

Duration: 15.10.2018 - 31.10.2021

Short description of the project
Decisions of transport and logistics made in Barents Regions have too often been based on national plans only. National transport strategies have been made and Regional Transport Plans implemented being not so much aware of the neighbouring regions´ (countries´) strategies/ plans in this field.
The process of carrying out a joint strategy-level document for the transport of the Barents Region in the state level (Joint Barents Transport Plan, JBTP) started during in 2012 and the document has been updated during the recent years. Now it is time to implement the strategy in the regional level.
The project shall facilitate the platform where the authorities responsible for of co-ordinating of the regional development in the Barents Region can agree upon implementation of the Joint Barents Transport Plan. The target groups are the regional authorities of the Barents Region who are responsible for regional development and especially transport and logistics questions. The beneficiaries are people of the project area who are now suffering from timely non-accessible and other ways limited border crossings and transport networks and who will benefit of improved opportunities of fluent mobility of people, goods and knowledge. As well, the beneficiaries are the transport modes serving the Barents Region and business benefiting of the lower transport costs, which makes their products more competitive in the World market.
Specific objective of the project:
• Better awareness of situation of the main transport corridors in Barents Region.
• Increased level of knowledge of the World transport market and impacts on the Barents Region.
• Better understanding “Green Transport” concept and its meaning to Barents Region.
• Better understanding of current/planned, public/private ITS projects relevant to the Barents region, an implemented ICT based tools supporting the cross-border co-operation
• Increased awareness and common understanding of future transport cross-border cooperation through “Action Plan" of the Barents region transport.

Lead partner: Regional Council of Kainuu, Kajaani, Finland
Other partners:
* Regional Council of Oulu region, Oulu, FINLAND
* Regional Council of North Karelia, Joensuu, FINLAND
* Regional Council of Lapland, Rovaniemi, FINLAND
* Finnmark fylkeskommune, Vadsö, NORWAY
* Troms fylkeskommune, Tromsö, NORWAY
* Nordland fylkeskommune, Bodö, NORWAY
* Norway Public Road Administration, Bodö, NORWAY
* County Administrative Board of Norrbotten, Luleå, SWEDEN
* County Administrative Board of Västerbotten, Umeå, SWEDEN
* State Committee of Transport of Karelian Republic, Petrozavodsk, RUSSIA
* Arkhangelsk Regional Road Administration, Arkhangelsk, RUSSIA
* Strategic Partnership on economic and social development of the North-West federal district, St Petersburg, RUSSIA


Call for proposal: 1st call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 2. Fluent mobility of people, goods and knowledge
Thematic objective: 7. Improvement of accessibility to the regions, development of sustainable and climate-proof transport and communication networks and systems

Cross-border dialogue and Multi-Use Planning in the Pasvik and Grense Jakobselv catchments (KO1110 Multi-Use Plan)

Programme funding: 363 733 € Total budget: 404 148 €

Duration: 01.12.2018 - 30.11.2020

Short description of the project
The overall objective of this project is to sustain and improve the state of the environment within Pasvik and Grense Jakobselv cross-border river basins, to the benefit of local people, and to increase the viability of the local economy.
The project output will be a revised Multi-Use Plan document for the river basins of Pasvik and Grense Jakobselv published by the end of 2019.
The target groups in the planning process will include regional authorities and the municipalities of Pechenga (Russia), Sør-Varanger (Norway) and Inari (Finland), local enterprises and industry, hydropower companies, research- and monitoring institutions, non- governmental organisations (NGO’s) as well as other representatives of the local population in the area.

Lead partner: The Office of the Finnmark County Governor, Vadsø, Norway
Other partners:
*Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in Lapland, Rovaniemi, FINLAND
*Pasvik State Nature Reserve, Nikel, RUSSIA

Call for proposal: 1st call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 6. Environmental protection climate change mitigation and adaptation

DeConcrete: Eco-efficient Arctic Technologies Cooperation (KO4068 DeConcrete)

Programme funding: 820 313 € Total budget: 1 178 125 €

Duration: 15.10.2019 - 30.09.2022

Short description of the project
Concrete is a second most consumed artificial material in the building industry. The building sector keeps high speeds of development in the North. However, construction faces certain problems connected to re-using large volumes of reinforced concrete wastes and search for optimal technological and economic methods for their recycling. Of special concern are also environmental issues, such as eco-efficient approach to waste handling and contamination (dust) reducing.
DeConcrete project is implemented by consortium of relevant universities with strong support from industrial companies (e.g. Norwegian Cold Concrete Cluster with 34 member organizations) and regional authorities. The overall aim of the project is to enhance cross-border Arctic Technologies Cooperation between industry, academia and R&D communities for the growth of circular economy in the Kolarctic region. This will be achieved by joint activities: comparison of existing demolition practices, case studies and laboratory testing of new demolition techniques, development of waste management strategy and recommendations for the most eco-efficient approaches to reuse and recycling of construction materials (concrete), dissemination of project results among business companies and other stakeholders.

Lead partner: Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkhangelsk, Norway
Other partners: * UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Narvik, Norway
* Northern Research Institute Narvik, Narvik, Norway
* University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

Call for proposal: 3rd call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 6. Environmental protection climate change mitigation and adaptation

Development of common approaches to involvement youth into science and technical sphere (KO2071 BeTech!)

Programme funding: 1 231 506 € Total budget: 1 368 339 €

Duration: 14.11.2018 - 31.10.2021

Short description of the project
The project goal is to establish Technical Business Thinking among children and youth in the Barents region. This project will contribute to raising motivation of school children to learn science and raising their interest to be involved into business and industrial sector. Also, children will become more entrepreneurial in implementation of their ideas.
The project partners are interested that all possible regional structures from regional authorities to representatives and educational institutions, from small and medium business to representatives of large-scale enterprises unite their capacities and support children's interests to science and technical issues in the Barents region. Main target groups of the project are young people aged 12-16, school teachers, and companies representing science and technology. The project activities include:
• Development of guidelines on integrating technical and business issues into school education;
• Pilot events to test new type of education (seminars and round tables for teachers, events to test new educational activities and involving business structures);
• Festivals of professions;
• Science and technical shows for pupils from Norway, Finland and Russia.
Among other project events are study visits to industrial and town forming enterprises of the Barents region. Business representatives will be invited to schools to participate in Q&A sessions with children. 50 teachers and more than 1000 pupils will be involved in the project.


Lead partner: Municipality of Alta, Alta, Norway
Other partners:
*Murmansk Arctic State University, Murmansk, RUSSIA
*UiT The arctic university of Norway, Alta, NORWAY
*University of Oulu, Oulu, FINLAND
*Limited Liability Company "Education, innovation, science and research union "Socium+", Murmask, Russia
* Association of Arctic projects contractors "Murmanshelf", Murmansk, Russia

Call for proposal: 2nd call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 1. Business and SME development

Ecological Restoration of Arctic Rivers (KO1078 ReArc)

Programme funding: 2 531 776 € Total budget: 2 989 657 €

Duration: 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021

Short description of the project
On a global level man has always modified the water flow in rivers. River flow has been channelized because of timber floating. Forests and agricultural land have been drained. Construction of a road or railway crossing a river may have meant a change in the water flow. This has in many cases led to migration barriers for many aquatic species, nutrients and heavy metals released from the ground to the river, and erosion of the ground
All this has a negative effect on river biodiversity.
Various rivers, from Nordland to Kola Peninsula, are the focus of ReArc. ReArc expects strive to achieve the following measurable results:
198 km of watercourse will be mapped in preparation for ecological restoration;
208 km of watercourse will be restored to increase the ecological status;
33 migration barriers for fish and other organisms will be remediated, which will open up 553 km of watercourse accessible for migration;
32 destroyed spawning areas for fish will be restored;
9 km of erosion protection will be rebuilt with regard to the environment;
3 km of flooding- or erosion protection will be moved or removed.

Lead partner: County Administrative Board of Norrbotten, Luleå, Sweden
Other partners:
* Pechenga local public organization on ecological enlightenment "EcoCentre", Nikel, RUSSIA
* Metsähallitus, Parks and Wildlife Finland, Vantaa, FINLAND
* Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in Lapland, Rovaniemi, FINLAND
* Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, Narvik, NORWAY

Call for proposal: 1st call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 6. Environmental protection climate change mitigation and adaptation

Facility Management of Residential Buildings in Barents Region (KO1087 FAMARB)

Programme funding: 789 460 € Total budget: 877 177 €

Duration: 01.12.2018 - 30.11.2021

Short description of the project
Nordic countries and the Russian north are located in the arctic and subarctic areas and have similar climatic conditions, where temperature difference between winter and summer conditions can exceed 70°C. Buildings in these areas are affected by climate in the same manner. Low temperatures, snowy and icy weather, strong winds have impact on how we build, operate and live in our buildings. Existing building methodologies are often based on traditional solutions that have proven their efficiency, and sharing this competence between the countries can give valuable insight and new ideas to products, materials and methods that are more sustainable.
The essence of the FAMARB project is to bring effective operation and management of residential buildings into focus by adapting various concepts of energy efficiency and energy saving through upgrading or renovation that will improve maintenance of buildings and decrease emissions to the environment.

Lead partner: UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Other partners:
*Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, FINLAND
*Northern Arctic Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk, RUSSIA
*RISE Research Institute of Sweden, Borås, SWEDEN

Call for proposal: 1st call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 1. Business and SME development

From Idea to Printing of Metal Products (KO4012 I2P)

Programme funding: 654 461 € Total budget: 1 011 564 €

Duration: 01.10.2019 - 31.12.2022

Short description of the project
3D-printing is ranked by recognized international experts among the ten most important future technologies in industrial production. In short, this technology can be described as follows: the laser beam scans the programmed shape of a future product to melt the metal powder and to gradually grow the new product, layer by layer. During the last years 3D-printing, also called additive manufacturing (AM) became strongly implemented in certain regions and by certain companies while others are still very reluctant, including the Kolarctic area. 3D-printing is far more than just substituting one manufacturing technique by another. AM offers to skip a number of manufacturing steps, new opportunities for design and function of products, very efficient production in terms of low costs and low environmental impact. Although additive manufacturing offers high potential, it is hard to unlock it, particularly for SMEs, because AM requires knowledge and skills for more complex, sophisticated changes, which are difficult to acquire.
I2P project faces this challenge and offers a substantial initiative to enhance the skills and resources in 3D-printing of metal products. The project will enhance awareness on opportunities and limitations of this promising technology among industrial enterprises. Consequently, I2P will be a starting point for development of new business ideas applicable for small and medium-sized enterprises. It will also make input into growth of business, employment rate and attractiveness of the Kolarctic region.

Lead partner: Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Other partners: * Mekinor Metall AB, Kalix, Sweden
* Saltvik Plogen AS, Narvik, Norway
* The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
* Northern Arctic Federal University, Arkhangelsk, Russia
* Sozvezdye, Arkhangelsk, Russia
* Filtra Group Oy, Oulu, Finland
* University of Oulu, Finland

Call for proposal: 3rd call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 1. Business and SME development

General Furnishing and Surface Infrastructure Development of the Kola-Verhnetulomskiy-BCP Lotta Road (KO3000 LOTTA)

Programme funding: 3 825 000 € Total budget: 4 500 000 €

Duration: 01.11.2018 - 31.10.2021

Short description of the project
Roads are the basis of everyday mobility for large scale business, SMEs and population. Roads connecting territories of neighboring countries are especially important for development of cross-border cooperation, so, their low-quality can be a serious barrier for international mobility.
The car road “Kola-Verhnetulomskiy-BCP Lotta” is the shortest distance from the Russian port city Murmansk to the North of Finland (Inari municipality). The project “General Furnishing and Surface Infrastructure Development of the Kola-Verhnetulomskiy-BCP Lotta Road” will significantly improve transport, economic, tourist and cultural links between neighboring countries by creating equally comfortable and safe conditions for road traffic on both sides of the Russian-Finnish border through investments into road infrastructure (guarding rails, information signs, parking places, etc.). Project activities will also have a positive impact on the lives of people living in municipalities along the route.

Lead partner: State organization for managing the roads of the Murmansk region “Murmanskavtodor”, Russia
Other partners: * Autonomous non-commercial organization "Project Management Centre", Murmansk, Russia
* Lapland Development Centre for Economic, Transport and Environment, Rovaniemi, Finland

Type of the project: Large Infrastructure Project
Priority axis: 2. Fluent mobility of people, goods and knowledge
Thematic objective: 7. Improvement of accessibility to the regions, development of sustainable and climate-proof transport and communication networks and systems

Geo-Bio Hazards in the Arctic Region (KO1115 HazArctic)

Programme funding: 1 165 275 € Total budget: 1 294 750 €

Duration: 14.01.2019 - 31.12.2021

Short description of the project
HazArctic –project approaches environmental problems and risks of geo-bio hazards in the Arctic Region. It will study areal extension, mechanism and risk for oxidation of environments which can produce hazardously acid substances, both in man-made mining areas and potentially hazardous sulfur bearing Litorina clay sediments. Also the role of microbes in the geo-bio interaction in possible hazardous environments will be studied. In addition, studies related to the mine environments, for example stability of closed and open mines and mine tailings reuse, will be carried out. Project will also focus on training and analyzing of best practices.

Lead partner: Geological Survey of Finland, Rovaniemi, Finland
Other partners:
*Natural Resources Institute Finland, Helsinki, FINLAND
*Geological Survey of Sweden, Uppsala, SWEDEN
*Geological Institute of the Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity, RUSSIA
Mining Institute of the Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity, RUSSIA
Geological Survey of Norway, Trondheim, NORWAY

Call for proposal: 1st call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 6. Environmental protection climate change mitigation and adaptation

Green Arctic Building (KO1089 GrAB)

Programme funding: 1 544 451 € Total budget: 1 716 057 €

Duration: 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021

Short description of the project
A large share of existing buildings and urban areas in the Nordic and Russian Arctic do not accomplish the latest requirements for environmental sustainability and economic efficiency. For this reason, the objective of the project wants to upgrade the urban environment with change towards environmental innovations of “green buildings” and improve the quality of life, plus the social and economic activity in the Barents Region. This is directed at municipalities, companies, students, building owners, organisations and general public, these are the main target groups and beneficiaries.
The main activities to be implemented by the project are indicated in five groups. The first one is focused on green technologies and the project aims to evaluate the urban environmental quality and buildings standards to implement this in a green building setting. The second activity is about the comparative analysis of the existing environmental requirements, rules and regulations in construction. Pilot projects is the third one, based on building demonstration of green facilities from previous activities. The fourth one is about the capacity building to disseminate and exploit the results of the project to achieve a foundational impact on green building. The last one is a general management of and follow-up the project,

Lead partner: UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Other partners:
*Murmansk State Technical University, Murmansk, RUSSIA
*Petrozavodsk State University, Petrozavodsk, RUSSIA
*Umeå University, Umeå, SWEDEN
*University of Oulu, Oulu, FINLAND

Call for proposal: 1st call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 6. Environmental protection climate change mitigation and adaptation

Ice Operations (KO2100 ICEOP)

Programme funding: 1 093 503 € Total budget: 1 215 002 €

Duration: 15.10.2018 - 31.10.2021

Short description of the project
The ICEOP project main objective is to give increased business development opportunities for oil and gas exploration and production in the arctic by improved maritime accessibility, better knowledge of ice conditions and more accurate models to ensure safe and environmental friendly field developments.
The project shall
•Perform field expeditions, measurements and data collection.
•Increase current knowledge base of the Barents Sea area ice conditions.
•Establish best practice models/understanding for ice and structure interactions relevant for the Barents Sea.
•Create recommendations for oil and gas field development concepts.

Website: iceops.eu/

Lead partner: Northern Research Institute Narvik, Narvik, Norway
Other partners:
*Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk, RUSSIA
*Association of oil and gas suppliers “Sozvezdye”, Arkhangelsk, RUSSIA
*Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, SWEDEN
*Storvik & Co Oy, Oulu, FINLAND


Call for proposal: 2nd call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 1. Business and SME development

Kolarctic Food Refining CBC Project (KO2072 KFR)

Programme funding: 2 322 396 € Total budget: 2 580 439 €

Duration: 10.10.2018 - 30.08.2021

Short description of the project
This project develops by means of cross-border-cooperation handling and refining of reindeer meat and wild forest berries. Many of the project participants are companies from Finland and Russia, representing reindeer meat and forest berry business and other expert organisations.
As to the reindeer meat and by-products, the specific objective is to use and refine in cross-border-cooperation more and better than earlier the ecologically pure and healthy products from the reindeer husbandry in Murmansk region and Nenets Autonomous district. The project seeks to improve the profitability of the partners, with additional working places and increasing income as a result.
As to the forest berry products, the specific objective is to use and refine in cross-border-cooperation more and better than earlier the ecologically pure and healthy forest berries from the Murmansk region and Finnish Lapland.

Lead partner: NordConsult Oy, Rovaniemi, Finland
Other partners:
*Lihankäsittely Hanhela avoin yhtiö, Ranua, FINLAND
*Arctic Berry Finland Oy, Rovaniemi, FINLAND
*Cooperative KorvatunturinMaan Osuuskunta, Savukoski, FINLAND
*Union “Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Murmansk region/Northern, Murmansk, RUSSIA
*SPK "Put Ilitsa", Khorey-Ver, RUSSIA
*OOO "Kolsky kray", Murmansk, RUSSIA
*Agricultural Production Cooperative Fishing Collective Farm “Vozrozhdenie”,Teriberka, RUSSIA
*North-West Centre of Food Security Issues (NWCFSI), St. Petersburg, RUSSIA
*Nenets Centre of Energy Efficiency and Cleaner Production (NCEECP), Naryan-Mar, RUSSIA
*SHPK "Tundra", Lovozero, RUSSIA

Call for proposal: 2nd call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 1. Business and SME development

Northern Axis – Barents Link (KO4159 NABL)

Programme funding: 1 031 412 € Total budget: 1 246 904 €

Duration: 04.11.2019 - 28.02.2022

Short description of the project
The main objective of the NABL project is to improve cross-border mobility and east-west transport corridors in the Kolarctic region. Currently, the east-west transport networks and their continuations to Northern Sea Route are either non-existing, non-continuous or not in proper condition. This goes to road, railway, airborne transport, which hindrances regional development in the area. The project activities will increase understanding and define economic viability of several transport initiatives aimed at development of east-west transport networks. The project will produce joint evaluation instruments and infrastructure solutions, necessary for harmonized development of transport corridors. Involvement of relevant decision makers and organizations responsible for maintenance and development of transport links ensures sustainability of project results and their use in construction and operation of roads. Better transport links between neighbor regions will be beneficial both for their residents, business companies, regional authorities and also for tourists coming to the Kolarctic region.

Lead partner: Regional Council of Kainuu, Kajaani, Finland
Other partners: * Futurum AS, Narvik, Norway
* Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkhangelsk, Russia
* The Local Federation of East Lapland, Kemijärvi, Finland
* Strategic Partnership «North-West», Saint-Petersburg, Russia
* Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden
* Arkhangelsk regional road administration, Arkhangelsk, Russia
* Association of International Road Carriers, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
* Nenets Oil Company, Iskateley settlement, Russia
* Finnish Transport Agency, Oulu, Finland
* UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Narvik, Norway

Call for proposal: 3rd call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 2. Fluent mobility of people, goods and knowledge
Thematic objective: 7. Improvement of accessibility to the regions, development of sustainable and climate-proof transport and communication networks and systems

Phenomena of Arctic Nature (KO2093)

Programme funding: 2175915 Total budget: 2615785

Duration: 01.03.2019 - 28.02.2022

Short description of the project
Project’s overall objective is that attraction and awareness of arctic nature and its unique phenomena in tourism market are growing and result in increasing number of tourists, higher income in the local economy and better employment rate in the tourism sector along the northern most part of Green Belt of Fennoscandia. The concrete outputs of the project include permanent exhibitions in nature centres, nature observation bases, and audio-visual shows. Target groups are tourism entrepreneurs, tourists, pupils, students and local people in the Barents area in Russia, Norway and Finland.

Lead partner: Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland, Finland
Other partners: Youth Centre Vasatokka, Finland
Institute of Industrial Ecology Problems of the North, Russia
State Nature Reserve Pasvik, Russia
Biotope AS, Norway
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway
The Board for the Øvre Pasvik National Park, Norway
Lapland University of Applied Science, Finland
Municipality of Salla, Finland

Call for proposal: 2nd call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 1. Business and SME development

Raja-Jooseppi BCP development and reconstruction; traffic arrangements, buildings and technology (KO3002 Raja-Jooseppi)

Programme funding: 10 305 000 € Total budget: 11 450 000 €

Duration: 01.03.2019 - 28.02.2022

Short description of the project
When we talk about cross border checkpoints, we should not only mention the speed of border crossing and comfort of the travelers, but also the staff and their working conditions.
Current BCP building and traffic areas do not meet Finnish Customs or Border Guards requirements for customer services and controls. Finnish Customs need new facilities and equipment to control growing cargo traffic. In order to ensure more fluent border crossing procedures and improve capacity of Raja-Jooseppi BCP, the project includes new customs/border control building, new traffic management arrangements including lane check area with roof structure, lane check facilities (booths) and facilities for further measures (second line) as well as all border control technology for border checks, border surveillance and customs control.
The objective of the project is a smoother border crossing between Russia and Finland/EU. This will strengthen and sustain local and regional economic development in the Kolarctic area. Final beneficiaries are inhabitants of Northern Finland and Northwest Russia.

Lead partner: Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, Helsinki, Finland
Other partners:
*Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
*Senate Properties, Helsinki, Finland
*Finnish Border Guard, Helsinki, Finland
*Finnish Customs, Helsinki, Finland
*Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Helsinki, Finland
*Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia

Type of the project: Large Infrastructure Project
Priority axis: 2. Fluent mobility of people, goods and knowledge
Thematic objective: 10. Promotion of border management and border security, mobility and migration management

Reconstruction of the road Kaamanen-Kirkenes (KO3001 ROKK)

Programme funding: 4 089 871 € Total budget: 5 000 000 €

Duration: 01.03.2019 - 28.02.2022

Short description of the project
Roads that go through borders between countries are not just roads, they are bridges between cultures. And these bridges must be maintained in a good condition, which is the goal of the project “Reconstruction of the road Kaamanen-Kirkenes”.
The road between Kaamanen and Neiden has a high risk of accidents, wildlife and reindeer collisions, road closings and high emissions of greenhouse gases. These conditions contribute to the decreased potential for both transport and people-to-people connections and cooperation in the Northern Barents area.
This project contributes to deeper cooperation between the road authorities of Norway, Finland and Russia. Project's main output is an improved road, which will be utilized by all road users. Moreover, the exchanged know-how of road designing and construction will be implemented by each partner in their further activities. The project has a clear cross border effect as a better road makes it easier to move between the countries of the Barents region. Business, transport companies, consumers and producers in Russia, Sweden, Norway and Finland will all benefit from a road with higher standard, better safety, better accessibility, and shorter travelling time.

Lead partner: Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Bodø, Norway
Other partners:
* Finnish Transport Agency, Helsinki, Finland
* Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Enviroment for Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
* Murmanskavtodor, Murmansk, Russia
* Project Management Centre, Murmansk, Russia

Type of the project: Large Infrastructure Project
Priority axis: 2. Fluent mobility of people, goods and knowledge
Thematic objective: 7. Improvement of accessibility to the regions, development of sustainable and climate-proof transport and communication networks and systems

Reindeer Meat – Quality High (KO2124 RMQH)

Programme funding: 574 486 € Total budget: 638 318 €

Duration: 15.10.2018 - 31.10.2021

Short description of the project
The ancient tradition of reindeer husbandry in the northern regions is known throughout the world. Deer meat has become a recognizable brand. However, the industry is facing challenges on both sides of the border. Export of Russian reindeer meat overseas is relatively small. The reindeer meat sales channels are insufficiently developed and its international export needs to be enhanced. At the same time, Finnish reindeer meat producers possess expertise in exporting their products, but export is restricted by the insufficiency of reindeer meat.

The objective of the Reindeer Meat – Quality High Project is to combine the strengths and expertise of Russian and Finnish companies in the reindeer meat production chain: reindeer owners, reindeer slaughterhouses, meat production enterprises and sales companies. This is to be achieved through joint seminars, group visits and practical experience sharing. The outputs of the project are guidelines (manuals and videos) for reindeer meat producers and creation of a joint network and operational concept that supports commercial activities in both countries.

Lead partner: Lapin Nahka Oy, Rovaniemi, Finland
Other partners:
*Izhemski olenevod agriculture kolkhoz cooperative, Iskateley, RUSSIA
*Agricultural Production Cooperative HARP, Krasnoye, RUSSIA

Call for proposal: 2nd call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 1. Business and SME development

Salmonid Fish and Freshwater Pearl Mussel– Riverine Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity in the Green Belt of Fennoscandia (KO1017 SALMUS)

Programme funding: 1 776 752 € Total budget: 2 125 815 €

Short description of the project
Healthy cross-border water ecosystems are a prerequisite for ecologically and economically sustainable life in the Program area. The overall objective of this project is to enhance cooperation and to harmonize common practices for assessing status of streams and rivers with a special emphasis on freshwater pearl mussel and salmonid fish. This is achieved by improving the knowledge-base of freshwater pearl mussel populations and by creating new approaches for conservation practices in the river ecosystems of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia. The main target group of the project are authorities responsible for the management of aquatic ecosystems. In addition, public awareness of biodiversity and its importance is raised in the Program area.

Lead partner: Metsähallitus, Parks and Wildlife Finland, Vantaa, Finland
Other partners:
* Alleco Oy, Helsinki, FINLAND
* University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä; FINLAND
* County Administrative Board of Norrbotten, Luleå, FINLAND
* Natural Resources Institute Finland, Oulu, FINLAND
* Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research NIBIO, Svanvik, NORWAY
* State Nature Reserve Kostamukshsky, Kostomuksha, RUSSIA
* Institute of Industrial Ecology Problems of the North of the Kola Science Center of Russian Academy of Science (INEP KSC RAS), Apatity, RUSSIA

Call for proposal: 1st call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 6. Environmental protection climate change mitigation and adaptation

Supporting Environmental Economic and Social Impacts of Mining Activity (KO1030 SEESIMA)

Programme funding: 1 473 709 € Total budget: 1 637 455 €

Duration: 15.10.2018 - 31.10.2021

Short description of the project
The SEESIMA project aims to raise awareness of technological solutions to environmental impacts of mining activities, in order to reduce environmental impacts and improve economic returns.
The project will provide documentation and dissemination of technological tools that can improve the current practice of mineral processing, both for production and for the waste handling.
The lasting output from the project will be a toolbox of best practice technologies, with guidelines about where and how to use them, and case study examples to illustrate their implementation. This resource can make the knowledge more accessible than is the case at present.
In the first instance, the target group are mining and mineral processing companies, who have the opportunity to implement new technologies (and the need/motivation in terms of environmental compliance fines). In some cases, the valorisation of waste can be the basis for the establishment of new companies to implement the solutions and generate added value. The project results can also assist in improving (social) acceptance of the mining industry amongst regulatory authorities, general public, and prospective workforce.

Website: seesima.eu

Lead partner: Northern Research Institute Narvik A.S., Narvik, Norway
Other partners:
* Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, SWEDEN
* Narvik Science Park, Narvik, NORWAY
* University of Oulu, Oulu, FINLAND
* Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity, RUSSIA

Call for proposal: 1st call for proposal
Type of the project: Standard Project
Priority axis: 1. Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment
Thematic objective: 6. Environmental protection climate change mitigation and adaptation