Karelian landscapes are facing new challenges caused by globalization, climate change, demands leading to more intensive use of natural resources, among others. These new challenges override local communities and institutions, cornering them into conflicts, temporary solutions and unsustainable practices.


Sustainable Karelian Landscapes (KARLANDS) thereby strives towards integrating landscape planning and monitoring, with a vision to bridge the use of natural resources (stone, metals, land, wood, animals and fish) with biodiversity maintenance and supporting sustainable recreational use of nature along the Finnish-Russian border.


The project implementation approach is based on research and updating data, planning and using the results with stakeholders, making it public by extensive local, regional and state level activities. The selected approach will allow developing extensive co-operation & building the continuity on the existing results involving strong organizations.


All key objectives of the project revolve within good governace. Evaluation of nature use intensification in cross-border context in addition to updating data on natural resources and biodiversity are crucial for the project since the data will be used in developing a landscape plan as well as a common spatially explicit database on the natural resources within model territories.


The project will deal with requirements of local stakeholders, regional development plans and national and international strategies expressed by conventions and directives.



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