Promotion of international cooperation
The project’s goals are to promote international cooperation between parties active in the Arctic, to build partner networks, to prepare new climate resilience and climate change mitigation tools and solutions and to compile indicators to describe climate resilience. The project will enable the dispersion of climate resilience expertise and the creation of new business opportunities and innovations.
The project will support and put into practice the work on climate resilience done by the Arctic Council and its working groups, including the results achieved in the Arctic Resilience Forum in the autumn of 2018.
The project will build and put into practice Arctic climate resilience tools, promoting the adaptation to and mitigation of climate change especially through guidance and communication, while promoting sustainable and responsible utilisation of natural resources in the Arctic.
Arctic food security and innovation
Another project goal is to promote international cooperation in the Arctic in food security and innovation matters, as well as the participation of Finnish parties in such cooperation. The project will put into practice the work on climate resilience done by the Arctic Council and its working groups, including the expertise collected by the Arctic Resilience Forum on climate change mitigation and acting during the change.
The building of the Arctic Foods Innovation Cluster (AFIC) will boost international cooperation in the Arctic in food security and innovation matters.
The project will identify and compile Nordic partner networks related to climate change and strengthen partnerships with themed meetings, workshops and conferences. Open electronic platforms will be utilised in the maintenance of the partnerships. In building the partner networks, special attention will be paid to the creation of shared indicators describing climate resilience and closer cooperation with the Arctic Foods Innovation Cluster, aiming at the improvement of Nordic food safety when adapting to climate change. The climate resilience tools and best practices developed and identified by the networks will also be put into practice by the network partners in the form of traditional published reports.
The theme of adaptation to climate change will bring together parties from all fields of business and administration. The partner network will consist of parties doing practical work from the corporate and advisory sectors, as well as research and development organisations. The represented stakeholders will come from the fields of agriculture and forestry (incl. collected products), fisheries, wildlife husbandry, reindeer herding, water management and tourism, among others. The project will collaborate with research institutes and educational establishments to assess climate resilience. The cooperation will be promoted in Finland by means of networks and internationally by means of workshops and seminars.
Concrete results of the project will be
- An overall view of the Arctic bioeconomy partner networks and the parties active in them.
- Climate resilience tools and indicators describing climate resilience that can be utilised in future by local and regional authorities, companies and a variety of industries.
- The introduction of Finland’s national food hub as part of the international Arctic Food Innovation Cluster in accordance with Canada’s proposal.