Testing improvement processes of Finnish environmental impact assessment
and the modes for application in Arctic Regions of Finland and Russia
The Arctic Centre was awarded Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) funding to start a two-year strategic research project in the Arctic region. The project strengthens Finland’s role as an international expert in the environmental impact assessment know-how in the Arctic and supports Finnish companies in their environmental impact assessment (EIA) work in Lapland and Arctic Russia.
The environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a legal assessment process, where the company planning a project must evaluate the project and the impacts of its alternatives on the environment. The EIA includes consultation with local people and organizations to comment on the project. The EIA report is the prerequisite for the project to receive the operating license.
The aim of the project was to provide Finnish companies with good practices and free access to an online information service that includes information about environmental legislation, rules, contact persons/institutions in Finland and in Russia; and, therefore, enhance high environmental standards and business opportunities in the Arctic Russia and Finland.
The main output of the project is bridging the gaps in knowledge on business needs and opportunities for Finnish companies and their working surroundings in the environmental impact assessment activities in Lapland and in the Arctic Russia and beyond.
The proposed intervention will support Finnish companies by five main results:
Project partners with the Arctic Centre were Lapin vesitutkimus Oy (Lapland Water Research Ltd), Arctia Shipping Ltd, Sito Ltd, Kemijoki Ltd, Ylläksen Matkailuyhdistys (Tourism Association in Ylläs), Levin matkailu Oy (Levi Tourist Office in Lapland Finland Ltd), Northland Mines Ltd, Agnico-Eagle Finland Ltd, Kittilä Mine, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in Lapland, and Tunturi-Lapin Kehitys ry (Regional Development Agency for Fell Lapland).
Information service on the Russian Environmental Impact Assessment
Research Professor Timo Koivurova
The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law/Arctic Centre
timo.koivurova (at) ulapland.fi