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Education and skills development

Seabird harvest in the North Atlantic

Applicant: Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland
Countries: Iceland, Faroe Islands

The project aims to highlight and raise awareness of the importance of sea birds and sea birds fishing in the North. The objective is to combine expert knowledge of seabird ecology intermediary visual presentation, which will be achieved by: 1) elucidating and comparing the status of seabird populations in the North Atlantic; 2) Describe seabird catch and its importance culturally, partly through the past; 3) Create a visual representation of seabirds caught as it looks today; 4) Create awareness of seabird catch and threats to seabirds, through the publication of a book, a web page and a traveling exhibition; 5) Create a contemporary foundation for communication and teaching future generations about the Nordic tradition with seabird catch.


Sustainability in the public school in Greenland

Applicant: University of Greenland, Greenland
Countries: Norway, Iceland

Greenland has an Innovation Centre located in Sisimiut. The project aims to develop an education at the innovation centre to complement natural science teaching in the primary school and strengthen the general interest of sustainability in terms of, e.g. energy solutions using renewable energies. The purpose is to strengthen the students' interest for further education in technology and science. This involves: developing physics (energy) activities for sustainability; involvement of local science teachers from private schools and two primary schools in Sisimiut and schools in the nearby settlements Sarfannguit and Itilleq; test and evaluate activities for teaching at a private school and two elementary schools; and involve student teachers from Department of Learning, University of Greenland, and student teachers from the Nordic countries through the SPICA program.


NFS Conference on Greenland 2013

Applicant: Nordens Fackliga Samorganisation, Sweden
Countries: Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway

The conference is held for Nordic trade union leaders in Greenland, where climate change impacts and Greenland's preconditions and challenges in natural resource extraction will be discussed. The purpose of the conference is to gain new knowledge in relation to strategies for major mining projects, and to start a discussion about a Nordic strategy for sustainable natural resource extraction.

Bridging Polar early career researchers and indigenous peoples in Nordic countries

Applicant: APECS, University of Tromsø, Norway
Countries: Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Russia

The project will support the interaction between young researchers and indigenous peoples in the Nordic region with a special focus on the Sami people. The planned four main activities: strengthening networks through APECS 'website; perform surveys of young scientists and indigenous peoples; organize and document online webinars, and a workshop for young researchers and indigenous peoples.


Applicant: Statistics Norway
Countries: Finland, Greenland

The purpose of the project is to update the ECONOR projects I and II according to changes in the economic reality since 2008 when ECONOR II was presented. In phase III, a GLOBIO model for displaying the possible environmental consequences of changes in the natural and social conditions will be used.

Arctic Council: EALLIN – NIV'GE – Reindeer herding youth project

Applicant: International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry
Countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Iceland

The project has received support from the Arctic Council/SDWG. It is based on the IPY EALAT project, which concluded that, in order to adapt to change, local Arctic leaders must be instructed about considering long-term sustainable development. The project will use a method developed in the IPY EALAT project to arrange workshops in local communities. A particular focus in the current project will be on involving young people from indigenous communities. The objective is to investigate how recent scientific data and land use, combined with traditional knowledge, can be used to develop dialogue and understanding between developers and indigenous peoples.


Applicant: University of Akureyri Research Centre
Countries: Iceland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Norway, Russia

The aim of the project is to improve education, skills and general know-how in the Arctic population about the economics and ecology of sustainable use of marine resources. This will be attained by establishing a network of Arctic universities engaging in education and research about the marine environment. Courses will be developed that will be aimed at the Arctic population, and that support them in the use of 'new' marine resources.

Arctic Human Development Report II

Applicant: Stefansson Arctic Institute
Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, Russia, Denmark

The objective of the project is to establish/extend AHDR II. Particular emphasis will be placed on the effects of global changes, including climate change, global conditions and regional processes. The aim of AHDR II is that it will be an instrument for evaluating success of sustainable development and will be used to help educate the Arctic population. AHDR II is expected to be used as teaching material at the University of the Arctic, where AHDR has been a particularly important tool in disseminating knowledge about the development of the Arctic community.

New University of the Arctic PhD program on Arctic health and well-being

Applicant: University of Oulu
Countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, USA, Canada, Russia

In the project, the first joint Ph.D. programme will be developed under the University of the Arctic. The programme will focus on Arctic health and wellbeing and, through its partners, will use the information collected through the Arctic Council working groups AMAP and SDWG. In addition, it will draw on a number of projects co-financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers Arctic programme, such as Arctic Virtual Learning Tools. The objective is to develop an accredited Ph.D. programme that will comprise joint courses and seminars developed in the project, obligatory courses at the students' home universities, and Ph.D. theses during the programme.

Living museum in the Arctic

Applicant: Porkeri Museum
Countries: Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland

The aim of the project is to set up living museums in municipalities in each of the participating countries. A living museum involves performances, where historical events can be seen in an ethnographic perspective, or processes are displayed to produce commercial products. Project participants will attend two workshops in 2012 to discuss whether living museums can be set up in the participating countries. Local interest groups and stakeholders will be invited to these workshops.

Textbook II and long distance course(s) in Polar Law

Applicant: University of Akureyri
Countries: Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Canada, UK, Russia, Netherlands

The project is based on 'Textbook 1' published in 2010 with funding from the Arctic programme in 2009. The objective is now to develop 'Polar Law Textbook II" in 2012-2013 and courses/distance courses in 2013-2014. The first book was published by agreement with the Masters programme in Polar Law at the University of Akureyri. It indicated the need for supplementary material about subjects that were not included in the first book, but that will be included in the planned second publication. This textbook will be aimed at law students and a broader group of stakeholders, such as northern residents and Arctic Council working groups.

Developing collaboration on master level in social work

Applicant: University of Nordland
Countries: Norway, Russia, Iceland, Finland, Canada, Greenland

The objective of the project is to further develop an existing thematic network under the University of the Arctic, with a focus on social work. The project will develop joint e-learning Masters courses in social work, which can be integrated into the programmes of the various universities. In the course of the planned three-year project period, a common Masters programme will be set up.

Enhancement of Arctic sustainable arts and design network (ASAD)

Applicant: University of Lapland
Countries: Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Russia, Norway

In 2012, twice-yearly conferences will be initiated, with focus on art, design and visual culture in the Arctic region. Social media will be used to arouse interest in the conferences amongst organisations at grassroots level. In 2013-2014, further conferences and exhibitions will be held.

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