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Sustainable Karelian Landscapes  -  ENPI Karelia Project KA 528 __________________________________________________________

KARLANDS Final Seminar held in Joensuu 28 Nov. 2014




The Final Seminar of ENPI KARLANDS was held together with ENPI IntellGreenBelt and in cooperation with ENPI Multi Effort at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu on 28 Nov. 2014. The seminar gathered together specialists, researchers and students from varied organizations. Professor Timo Tokola (above in the middle) was the chairperson of the first part of the seminar and Dr Eugene Lopatin (below) chaired the second section. Mr Niilo Valkonen (above on the right) was one of the presenters.



Dr Eugene Lopatin and Mr Maxim Trishkin presented project results on integrated landscape planning and attitudes towards landscapes in the border area. Dr Timo J. Hokkanen offered insights to the border area value chains and networks with examples from the North Karelia Biosphere Reserve. The audience was also introduced to the KARLANDS' online database by GIS specialist Jukka Nykänen.

   Dr Eugene Lopatin


Results of projects IntellGreenBelt and Multi Effort were also presented in the seminar. Dr Raimo Heikkilä from the Finnish Environment Institute presented results on the use of natural resources and the historical and cultural heritage of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia for its sustainable development.

Samuli Taponen and Niilo Valkonen from Future Missions Inc. offered project insights into sustainable fisheries with convincing results.

   Dr Raimo Heikkilä in the mood.


Download seminar presentations from these links:

Lopatin: Integrated Landscape Planning,   Nykänen: GIS Interface,

Hokkanen: Border Area Value Chains,   Multi-Effort: Forest Fires 


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sends  Warm Thanks

to All Partners and Collaborators

with Wishes of Joyous Christmas

and Excellent Year 2015!



Participate in Development of ENPI KARLANDS Online Spatial Database



KARLANDS is currently collecting geographic data for the online GIS database. Data from the Russian side is highly needed in addition to data on recreational nature use and tourism services.

A test version of the database is now open for the public. Please have a look and give us feedback! Read the instructions and follow the link.

  Mr Jukka Nykänen is serious about the maps.


The database will have spatially explicit data on nature conservation, mining, energy, forestry, and tourism in the border areas of Ilomantsi, Lieksa and Kuhmo municipalities in Finland and Muezerskiy and Kostomukshskiy regions in Russia. The maps can be utilized for recreation, landscape management planning, risk management, and research on both sides of the border. The database will be public and easy-to-use.


To submit your own data, please contact KARLANDS' GIS specialist Jukka Nykänen: jukka.nykanen(at)gmail.com, mob. +358-(0)50-4120717.



Karlands Results Disseminated in Petrozavodsk 26 Nov. 2014


KARLANDS participated in the Final Seminar of IntellGreenBelt, Karlands and Multi Effort in Petrozavodsk  on 26 Nov. 2014. The results of all three projects were presented and discussed. 


AAA_BAZEGSKIY_P-vodsk2.jpgENPI Karelia project officer from Petrozavodsk, Mr Dmitri Bazegski (on the left) emphasized the importance of working together and making the results available. ENPI approach has been shown to be a functional one and Mr. Bazegski anticipates the cooperation to continue in the next cross-border programme in spite of the present turbulence in international relations. The programme is expected to start in the beginning of 2016.





Green Belt of Fennoscandia Dialogue Forum in Kuusamo

- A Perfect Match for KARLANDS Approach

Kuusamo_1.jpgThe first Green Belt of Fennoscandia Dialogue Forum gathered together 70 Green Belt actors from Finland, Russia, Norway, Sweden and Germany in Kuusamo on 18-20 Nov. 2014. KARLANDS presented their insights on sustainable natural resource use and integrated landscape planning in the border area. 






Upcoming Events


Karelia Working Group of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia will have a meeting in North Karelia on 10th February 2015. KARLANDS approach and the planned follow-up actions will be discussed in the meeting. 





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Project coordinator:  Dr Eugene Lopatin 

e-mail: eugene.lopatin@uef.fi phone: +358 (0)50 44 22923 http://www.karlands.fi






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