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EU AIC reaffirmed by EP
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:11

Iceberg (photo: M. Tomaisk) Iceberg (photo: M. Tomaisk) The European Parliament (EP) has accepted in the Plenary 12th March 2014 a resolution on the EU strategy for the Arctic.


The EP "Reiterates its call for a united EU policy on the Arctic, as well as a coherent strategy and a concretised action plan on the EU's engagement on the Arctic, with a focus on socio-economic and environmental issues; believes that this strategic choice is integral in ensuring legitimacy and local support for the EU's Arctic engagement".


The EP Resolution also includes a paragraph to reaffirms its support for the establishment of an EU Arctic Centre. The EP "reaffirms its support for, and urges the Commission to proceed with, the establishment of the EU Arctic Information Centre as a networked undertaking with a permanent office in Rovaniemi, with reference to the Preparatory Action 'Strategic environmental impact assessment of the development of the Arctic', as supported by the Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in their 2012 joint communication and implemented by the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland together with a network of European centres of excellence on the Arctic, with the goal of ensuring efficient access to Arctic information, dialogues at all levels and communication for the purpose of harnessing information and knowledge with a view to sustainability in the Arctic".


"We are pleased to notice that the Parliament express its support in such a concrete way with special mentions related to the network model, a permanent office in Rovaniemi and the work done by the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. This will create expectations to the oncoming decisions by the European Commission", says Professor Paula Kankaanpää, director of the Arctic Centre.


Read more at Arctic Centre


Read the Joint Motion for a Resolution on the EU strategy for the Arctic (2013/2595(RSP))

 
Northern Forum introduced in Rovaniemi
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 17 March 2014 09:16

Halldór Jóhannsson, General Director of Arctic Portal introduces the ideas of Northern Forum. Halldór Jóhannsson, General Director of Arctic Portal introduces the ideas of Northern Forum. Vladimir Vasiliev, NF Executive Director, and Halldor Johansson, Arctic Portal General Manager, have presented the Northern Forum and its new tool within the Arctic Portal for participants of the Arctic Business Summit in Rovaniemi.


Presentation has attracted a lot of interest from business companies because of huge amount of resources to be available both in the Arctic and NF portals.


The 5th Arctic Business Forum covered two days of world class presentations by invited speakers, a trade show and a high class social program in the very heart of Lapland Finland.

 

The meetings ended on Thursday, 13th of March.

 

To follow the work of Northern Forum, join on Facebook and Twitter!

 
THAW 2014 begins today!
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:59

Sinking seawall in Shishmaref in N. Alaska (photo: Lawrence Hislop - Grida.no) Sinking seawall in Shishmaref in N. Alaska (photo: Lawrence Hislop - Grida.no)Thermokarst Aquatic ecosystems Workshop (THAW) is taking place in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

 

THAW 2014 is endorsed by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Climate and Cryosphere program (CliC), and it is an activity within the IASC/CliC/AMAP Freshwater Synthesis.


Permafrost systems are attracting considerable interest at present given the accelerated warming of the Arctic and its associated effects on thermokarst processes, peat erosion and water balance.


These phenomena may affect biogeochemical pathways, including those controlling greenhouse gas fluxes and the export of dissolved and particulate materials to downstream river and coastal waters.


Although many scientific events have been organized to share information on permafrost degradation and its associated carbon dynamics, few have focused specifically on aquatic ecosystems, and there has been little attention to date given to the strikingly diverse and changing limnology of these systems, including their geomorphological dynamics, hydrological properties, hydrogeochemistry, microbiology, food web structure and regional differences.

 

More knowledge about each of these aspects is needed for a full understanding of their importance as ecological oases in the tundra, biogeochemical reaction sites and gas conduits to the atmosphere, and to predict their responses to the rapidly changing northern climate.


THAW 2014 will bring together researchers from these different disciplines to share their knowledge about freshwater systems in permafrost landscapes, and to plan for future collaborative research, data exchange and synthesis.

 
Arctic Business Forum starts today
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:09

(Photo: 5th Arctic Business Forum) Parallel round table session matchmaking mining, tourism & strategic design (Photo: 5th Arctic Business Forum) Parallel round table session matchmaking mining, tourism & strategic designThe Arctic regions have become of bigger interest and matter in a global scale. Due to vast natural resources and melting of Arctic sea ice, the area is in many ways facing a new challenging era.


Today, 11th of March the Arctic Business Forum started in Rovaniemi, northern Finland.


The meeting will introduce the latest business development and future prospects of the Arctic area, not forgetting the worldwide context.


The conference will concentrate on the business potential of European High North that has recently become an exciting new destination for international investments.


The 5th Arctic Business Forum covers two days of world class presentations by invited speakers, a trade show and a high class social program in the very heart of Lapland Finland.
The meetings will end on Thursday, 13th of March.


To find out more about 5th Arctic Business Forum, click here.

 
Northern Forum meets in Akureyri
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 10 March 2014 10:48

(Map: Northern Forum) Northern Forum member regions.  Click on the map to enlarge (Map: Northern Forum) Northern Forum member regions. Click on the map to enlargeSuccessful meetings of Northern Forum representatives and their Icelandic partners took place during the weekend 7th – 9th of March 2014.


Provisions of the project were discussed with the emphasis on developing a new project website that should be officially launched in October 2014.


The Northern Forum is a non-profit, international organization composed of sub-national or regional governments from eight northern countries.

Northern regions share characteristics that set them apart from other areas of the world. These include:


- economies based upon the extraction of natural resources;
- lack of internal capital resources;
- limited infrastructural development;
- harsh climates and vulnerable ecosystems;
- diverse and relatively strong indigenous cultures; and
- sparse populations.


Such complex factors create unique challenges for regional Governors and other executives. From throughout the North, the Northern Forum brings these leaders together to address common political, environmental and economic issues.


In today's world, where climate change and globalization create new challenges for the Northern regions of the world, the ability of the Northern Forum to bring together these regions and find new partners at the international level, such as the UNDP and the UNEP and networks of regions around the globe, opens new horizons for its members.


The idea of creating an organization of northern regional governments was raised in 1974 by the government of Hokkaido, Japan, during the first of a series of international conferences on northern issues. The Northern Forum developed from a Northern Regions Conference held in 1990 in Anchorage, Alaska, attended by more than 600 delegates from 10 countries. The Forum was formally established in November 1991.


The Northern Forum cooperates closely with the Town of Akureyri and the Arctic Portal on development of the project. The NF Secretariat is located in Yakutsk, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia.

 
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