A total of 13 projects will be funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers within the framework of the new co-operation programme between the Nordic Region and Northwest Russia. There were over 70 applications to the open call programme, which was launched in the autumn of 2016.
The open call programme for Nordic-Russian co-operation was presented at a conference in St Petersburg in the autumn of 2016.
The chosen projects involve co-operation within a variety of areas including the environment, media, good governance, human rights, social issues, the supporting of NGOs, and co-operation between indigenous peoples.
“I’m very pleased with the number of fantastic applications for this new programme. The wide variety of applications demonstrates the broad interest in co-operation between the Nordic Region and Northwest Russia”, says the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers Dagfinn Høybråten.
The open call programme was launched in September 2016 and the first application round took place the following month. The Nordic Council of Ministers received a total of 73 applications from various partnership projects in the Nordic countries and Northwest Russia.
The new programme builds on the council of ministers’ efforts to develop networks and exchange experiences between the two regions.
The chosen projects will share funding of DKK 6 million, with each project awarded between DKK 300,000 and DKK 500,000.
The Nordic Council of Ministers developed new forms of co-operation between the Nordic Region and Northwest Russia in 2015 and 2016. In addition to the open call programme, new partnerships in the areas of the environment, climate, and health will be launched in early 2017.
Below is a list of the 13 projects that will be funded:
Mobility Makes Opportunity
This aim of this project is to promote youth employment in Northwest Russia, and in regions of Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
The Discipline of Societal Security in the Making: Let’s Make It Together!
The aim of this project is to initiate co-operation between education and research institutions in the field of societal security.
Strengthening the Nordic-Russian network in ecological advocacy
This project focuses on activities that raise awareness of environmental issues.
Nordic Practices – Russian Realities: co-operation on building joint competence in public governance
The project aims to establish an institutional platform for the exchange of public governance practices and competence at the regional and local level.
Nordic-Russian bioeconomy pre-study
The goal is to strengthen networks within the bioeconomy, including in relation to the exploitation of forests and waste.
Non-state actors: partnership and skills for sustainable development
The aim is to develop the capacity of NGOs in the Nordic countries and Northwest Russia through partnerships and by exchanging experiences.
Nordic and Russian NGOs building bridges
The goal is to develop networks between NGOs in the Nordic countries and Russia with the aim of promoting joint sustainable development projects.
Energy Efficiency and Cleantech in Northwest Russia - Phase II
This is a continuation of an earlier project and deals with networking in the cleantech industry.
Public Legal Education: co-operation between academia and civil society
This project looks at increasing the knowledge and involvement of individual stakeholders in relation to legal social issues.
GAINS and EMEP modelling in the Russian Federation: further developments of Nordic-Russian cooperation on Air Pollution at the regional level (2017)
The aim of this project is to promote efforts to improve air quality in the region through closer co-operation between experts in air pollution.
Our Eyes on Barents
The goal is to increase the availability of independent news and information sources between the Nordic countries and Russia.
Indigenous peoples’ and ethnic minorities’ co-operation and networking increase facility in the Nordic countries and Northwest Russia
The aim of this project is to exchange experiences between indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities.
Youth-Trio – Socialization, Culture, Creativity
This project aims to enable young people to be more engaged in society by way of networks and cultural projects.