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BARENTS COOPERATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

BEAC CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

In December 2013 the Barents Environmental Minister’s Meeting adopted the Action Plan on Climate Change for the Barents Co-operation. One activity under the Action Plan is to develop regional climate strategies for all of the regions in Barents region. To help the regions to achieve this goal, the Ministry of the Environment of Finland launched a project “Climate Smart Regional Planning – from strategies to practice” funded by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The project was implemented during 2014. The purpose of this webpage is to gather and share knowledge and practices that can help the climate strategy work.

WORKSHOPS IN ST. PETERSBURG AND ARKHANGELSK

A three-day workshop for representatives of the regions in the Barents area and other related parties was arranged in St. Petersburg, Russia in September 2014. The Consulate General of Finland hosted the workshop. The workshop discussed how to carry out regional climate strategy processes and how to incorporate the strategy goals into the regional land use planning tools. A clinic for different phases of the strategy process was also organized. The workshop presentations can be used to facilitate the planning of a climate strategy process. Read more.

The discussions continued in Arkhangelsk in December 2014 in connection to the Meeting of Barents Euro-Arctic Council Working Group on Environment. Read more.

CLIMATE STRATEGY WORK IN THE BARENTS REGION

A survey was conducted in summer 2014 to get information on the status of climate change related work in all of the 13 regions in the Barents region. If a region already had compiled a climate strategy, detailed questions were asked concerning the process and the contents of the strategy. Another key question was if and how climate issues are incorporated into the regional planning processes. Read more.

TOOLS FOR CLIMATE STRATEGY WORK

The best practices and lessons learned from the Barents survey, St. Petersburg workshop and a report by Jaana Sorvali on Regional Climate Strategies in Finland have been compiled together to facilitate the beginning or on-going strategy processes. Read more.