Suomi arktisen alueen vastuulliseksi edelläkävijäksi: Toimenpide-ehdotuksia yleisen kehityksen, meriklusterin ja matkailun edistämiseksi vuoteen 2035

Translated title of the contribution: Finland’s journey toward the Forefront of Responsible Arctic Development : Suggestions for General Development, Maritime Cluster and Tourism Measures by 2035

Anna Karoliina Pilli-Sihvola, Daria Gritsenko, Riina Haavisto, Atte Harjanne, Pekka Iivari, Sanna Kyyrä, Riitta Pöntynen, Sari Repka, Anne Suominen, Hanna Virta, Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, Adriaan Perrels

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Abstract

This report presents the recommendations and measures for Finland’s journey toward responsible Arc- tic development, as identified in the MERMAID-project. The focus is on general issues and business, with a special focus on the maritime cluster and tourism sector. Furthermore, the report presents an analysis of the Russian Arctic energy policy based on academic literature and media-analysis.
To further the general development of the Arctic, the project recommends, inter alia, increasing the na- tional priority of environmental protection, creating a supportive environment for national Arctic business and commerce, and increasing the openness of the international Arctic investment markets. To further the maritime sector, the project recommends, inter alia, increasing the collaboration between the mari- time cluster and energy and resource extraction sectors, and creating an offshore and subsea educa- tion programme. To further the tourism sector, the project recommends, inter alia, utilizing the experi- ences and knowledge in the everyday Arctic by e.g. branding the idea ‘Arctic is Cool’ and increasing the know-how of Arctic tourism operators.
The project also recommends open collaboration and knowledge sharing with Russia. Russia’s main interest in the Arctic is the utilization of hydrocarbons, but the Russian energy projects should be as- sessed not only from economic perspective, but also from political viewpoint. However, the complicated nature of climate change impacts are posing restrictions on operating in the Arctic.
The consequences of the recommendations, the conditions for successful implementation, and risks have been analysed with respect to the three future scenarios constructed during the project.
Translated title of the contributionFinland’s journey toward the Forefront of Responsible Arctic Development : Suggestions for General Development, Maritime Cluster and Tourism Measures by 2035
Original languageFinnish
PublisherValtioneuvoston kanslia
Number of pages80
ISBN (Print)978-952-287-217-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-287-218-0
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2016
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

NameValtioneuvoston selvitys- ja tutkimustoiminnan julkaisusarja
PublisherValtioneuvoston kanslia
No.10/2016
ISSN (Electronic)2342-6799

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science
  • 519 Social and economic geography
  • 1172 Environmental sciences

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