The Information Service on Russian Environmental Impact Assessment (hereinafter – IS - Russia) is a free access, online service, which includes information about the Russian Environmental Impact Assessment process, legislation, rules, as well as the contact information for organizations and key people involved in the various stages of the Russian EIA process.
The main aim of the IS - Russia is to enhance and improve the environmental standards in the Arctic, and thus easing the EIA market entry barrier into the Northwestern Russian market, Therefore creating new business opportunities for Finnish companies.
The Information Service was created on the bases of the assessed needs of Finnish companies by analyzing the existing Russian EIA legislation and the results from the six fact finding trips that were conducted to Russian regions of particular interest to the Finnish companies: Arkhangelsk region, Nenets autonomous okrug, the Republic of Komi, the Republic of Karelia, Moscow, and Murmansk region.
The Information Service consists of 4 main sections:
The website is a result of 2-years strategic project funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes) and it it was built and hosted by the Arctic Centre, Univeristy of Lapland.
What makes this project unique is that the participation by partners has driven the results of this project to the project deliverables which are directly applicable to the organizations and companies themselves. The project has been conducted in cooperation with partners such as: Agnico Eagle, Arctia Shipping, Fondia, Kemijoki Oy, Kittilan Kunta, Lapland Hotels, SITO, and TUKES.