Due to the changed world situation, it is increasingly important to be involved as part of Western development and the cooperation it brings. The province of Lapland has applied for membership in the Baltic Sea Commission in early 2022, which will be reflected in versatile Nordic and European cooperation. Utilizing the natural resource potential of the North in a green growth strategy is one of the critical issues of the future, and assessing the current situation requires a holistic view. Through Lapland's various stakeholder groups and research, the seminar explores what the green transition and economic development mean, specifically from the perspectives of justice and sustainability. The University of Lapland's Horizon-funded projects JUSTNORTH, CHARTER, and ArcticHubs will present their preliminary results at the event. Associate Professor Corine Wood-Donnelly will give the keynote speech from Nord University in Norway. 

The event is open to everyone! Welcome! 

More information: Tanja Joona 040-4844283, tanja.joona@ulapland.fi


08.45 - 09.15 Welcome coffee and introduction of the one-day seminar 
Ms. Tanja Joona, Senior researcher and Member of the Board of Regional Council of Lapland
Ms. Lucille Ehrhart, Executive Secretary of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission

09.15 - 09.30 Welcoming words
Director of the Arctic Centre, Ms. Johanna Ikävalko

09.30-10.00 Keynote lecture about Economic Development and Arctic Justice, H2020 JUSTNORTH
Associate Professor Ms. Corine Wood-Donnelly, Nord Universitet

10.00-10.30  Current economic development in Lapland
Senior researcher Ms. Tanja Joona & Mr. Gustav Sigeman



Presentation of H2020 CHARTER
Research Professor Mr. Bruce Forbes/Ms. Sirpa Rasmus, Arctic Centre

Presentation of H2020, ArcticHubs
Professor Mr. Pasi Rautio, Natural Resources Institute Finland

11:30-11:45 Wrapping up from the morning session

11.45-13.15 LUNCH
(Buffet lunch is covered for the speakers, for other participants own cost)

13.15-14:15 Current economic development in Lapland from the point of view of Regional Actors

Mr. Mika Riipi, The executive director of Regional Council of Lapland
Ms. Liisa Ansala, Executive Director of Lapland’s Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Samuli Myllymäki, Regional Manager, Metsähallitus

14.15-15.00 CPMR – promoting regional cooperation for a sustainable development in the Arctic

Mr. Cees Loggen, CPMR President, Regional Minister of the Province Noord-Holland
Mr. Tomas Mörtsell, CPMR Baltic Sea Commission President, Region Västerbotten 
Ms. Montserrat Riba Cunill, Head of the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the Nordic countries and the Baltic States - Challenges and cooperation opportunities between the Arctic and the Mediterranean areas

15.00-16.15 Turning the ambition of the new EU Arctic Policy into a reality

Ms. Clara Ganslandt, Special Envoy for Arctic Matters, European External Action Service (tbc)
Representative of the European Commission (DG MARE) (tbc)
Ms. Pigga Keskitalo Professor, Member of the Finnish Sámi Parliament and Researcher Juho Kähkönen (JUSTNORTH)
Ms. Anne Ollila, Director of the Reindeer Herders’ Association

16:15-16:30 “Askeleita elossa” Music by Viola Ukkola and Iida Melamies

16.30 Networking reception at Arctic Centre