Seminar on food security in the Barents region

11.8.2016 10:33

Open seminar on “Globalization and Food Security in the Barents region” will be arranged in Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland (Arktikum, Pohjoisranta 4, Rovaniemi) on Tuesday, 16th August2016 at 9.30–12.40. In the afternoon there will be meeting for invited stakeholders.

The globalization and expansion of market economy contribute to influence local or localized aspects relating to food security. The Barents region faces numerous challenges in terms of increased human activities, in particular increased mining and similar types of activities, having potential to impact the environment of the region, and ultimately affecting the safety and security of food and traditional food supply chain.

The seminar is organized by the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law of the Arctic Centre in cooperation with the HuSArctic research project which object is to address the human challenges of the Arctic population from a different angle, namely from the human security perspective as it is conceptualized today.


More information:

Kamrul Hossain
Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
Tel. +358 40 484 4281, kamrul.hossain(at)

Arctica Auditorium, Arktikum, Pohjoisranta 4, 96200 Rovaniemi

09.15 – 09.30 Registration and Coffee

09.30 – 09.35 Welcoming words and Introduction. Kamrul Hossain, Director, Northern Institute of Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

09.35 – 10.00 Food security or food sovereignty – what is the main issue in the Arctic?, Lena Maria Nilsson, Research Coordinator, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University, Sweden

10.00 – 10.25 The local food products of Finnish Lapland: their nutritional benefits and relevance to a local food system. Päivi Soppela, Senior Researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

10.25 – 10.50 Policies and Legal tools for strengthening Food security in the Barents Region. Shaun Cormier, Researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

10.50 – 11.15 Traditional Foods and their relevance to Food security in the Barents region. Dele Raheem, Researcher, University of Helsinki

11.15 – 11.25 Coffee Break

11.25 – 11.50 Heavy metals in food from the Norwegian, Finnish and Russian border region. Martine Hansen. Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Tromso, Norway

11.50 – 12.15 Characteristics of Agriculture in Finnish Lapland. Rainer Peltola, Senior Researcher, Natural Resources Institute Finland

12.15 – 12.40 Export opportunities for Finnish non-wood forest products. Anni Koskela, Project Coordinator, Arctic Flavours Association, Finland

12.40 – 13.40 Lunch in Arktikum restaurant

13.40 – 16.00 Stakeholders meeting for invited participants. Riitta-Liisa Heikkinen-Moilanen, Development Director, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland