North-Centre and its partners have won the grant under ENI Karelia CBC Programme

14 december 2017

"Sustainability Under Pressure: Environmental Resilience in natural and cultural heritage areas with intensive recreation " - a new project to start

The project is to deal with weak or uncertain environmental resilience of the chosen target areas – protected territories with

intensive recreational load. These territories are:

- Kizhi State Open Air Museum and its buffer zone with more than 20 villages (UNESCO heritage site)

- Vodlozersky biosphere reserve and national park, including Kuganavolok village (UNESCO heritage site)

- North Karelia biosphere reserve (NKBR) in Finnish – Russian border region (UNESCO heritage site)

- Rokua Unesco Geopark located 100 km from Oulu in the region of Oulu and Kajaani (UNESCO heritage site)


The key outputs the project will produce

1. Best available practices and solutions to environmental problems are adopted at the target areas of the project. It will result also in increasing efficiency of

the environmental monitoring and management framework in the targeted areas.

2. Demonstration projects established and supported with practical infrastructural & visibility items. It will provide better conditions for well organized and

functioning waste and water management, treatment and recycling, abilities for common adaptation of best practices and involvement of local residents and


3. Increased awareness by regional and local stakeholders on sustainable environmental management for protection of land and water resources. This will

also involve willingness of the target groups to take part in maintaining best environmental practices achieved through capacity building programmes

(education, training including issues of environmental vulnerability, and methods of safe and sustainable waste and water treatment).

It’s also important to highlight that the project will produce strengthened structure for cooperation of technology and experience exchange between Finnish

and Russian nature and culture heritage areas established by creating new co-operational groups and information exchange habits between relevant site

managers and other partners.

Partners of the project:

  • Non-profit Partnership "Centre for Problems of the North, Arctic and Cross-border Cooperation" (North-Centre), Russia, Republic of Karelia, Lead Partner
  • Kizhi State Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography, Russia, Republic of Karelia
  • Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia, Republic of Karelia
  • Federal State Budget-funded Institution National Park "Vodlozersky", Russia, Republic of Karelia
  • Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland, Oulu Region
  • Metsähallitus, National Parks Finland, Finland, North Karelia
  • Centre for Economic Development, transport and the Environment for North Karelia, Finland, North Karelia