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Invitation to webinar - Policies and investments for a climate smart Barents Region

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Published 12.03.2021

Tuesday 27 April, 10:00 - 15:00 CET

Norway holds the chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) in 2019-2021. As part of the Norwegian chairmanship program, the Ministry of Climate and Environment, assisted by the research institution CICERO will organise the webinar "Policies for infrastructure and land-use in a climate smart Barents Region"

How can the Barents Region contribute to the implementation the Paris Agreement and become a climate smart society by 2050? Can this be done while avoiding loss for the natural environment and traditional land use? What new policies and measures are necessary, and what compromises will have to be made? How can the regional cooperation stimulate and facilitate such a modernization and transformation? These are questions to be explored at the webinar "Policies and investments for a climate smart Barents Region".

The report "Barents 2050 – Impacts, opportunities, and risks of climate change and climate change mitigation", from 2017 assessed risks and opportunities for the main economic sectors in the Barents Region in a low carbon society. It showed that in order to reach low emissions goals, innovation, low carbon technologies and solutions will be of critical importance for industries, transport, energy and other infrastructure development. https://www.barentsinfo.fi/beac/docs/Barents_2050.pdf

We invite authorities from the Barents countries (national, regional and municipal level), experts and scientists, representatives of economic sectors, financial institutions and NGOs, as well as BEAC working groups to exchange views on ways to develop the necessary infrastructure for "A Climate Smart Barents Region", without loss for the natural environment and traditional livelihood.

You can register for the webinar HERE

PROGRAM

10:00 – 10:40 Session 1: A vision for a climate smart Barents region in 2050 – where should we go, and how do we get there?

Moderator: Anne Berteig, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway

Opening addresses by

  • Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, Norway
  • Sveinung Rotevatn, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway
  • Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Governor of Västerbotten County and Chair of the Barents Regional Council, Sweden
  • Silje Karine Muotka, Member of the Sami Parliament, Norway

A decisive transition for climate and growth – policies for scaling up clean, climate resilient infrastructure. Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, Environment Directorate, OECD

How can we solve the climate and biodiversity crisis at the same time? Annika E. Nilsson, Researcher, Luleå University of Technology and Senior Researcher, Nordland Research Institute

10:40 – 11:50 Session 2: Climate smart infrastructure for transport, energy, and industry

Moderator: Kristin Halvorsen, Director, CICERO Center for International Climate Research, Norway

The European Green Deal and EUs recovery plan – what does it mean for the Barents region? Johanna Kentala-Lehtonen, Senior Specialist for EU Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, Finland

Consistency with climate goals – implications for infrastructure development in the Barents region. The Barents 2050 study Tomi J. Lindroos, Research Scientist, VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland), Finland

Climate smart solutions for energy, industry and transport – a Northern perspective. Kyrre Sundseth, Research Manager, SINTEF (The Company for industrial and technical research), Norway

Panel debate Transport - Paal Iversen, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Ministry of Transport, and chair of the Steering Committee for the Barents Euro-Arctic Transport Area (BEATA)

Industry – a roadmap to a low-emission transition in the north - Michael Yulkin, Founder and CEO, CarbonLab Ilc, Russia

Forests and forestry – carbon sink or fossil fuel substitution? - Raisa Mäkipää, Research Professor, Natural Resource Institute, Finland

NGO-perspective - Alexey Kokorin, Head, Climate and Energy Program, WWF Russia

Research perspective - Kyrre Sundseth, Research Manager, SINTEF (The Company for industrial and technical research), Norway

11:50 – 12:30 Lunch break

12:30 – 13:40 Session 3: Minimizing impacts on nature and traditional land-use – Policies and tradeoffs .

Moderator: Kristin Halvorsen, Director, CICERO Center for International Climate Research, Norway

Combined effects on biodiversity and traditional land use from climate change and infrastructure development – projections for the Barents region. Wilbert Van Roij, Director, Plansup, The Netherlands

Impacts of infrastructure development and other land use change on traditional activities. Gunn-Britt Retter, Head of Arctic and Environment Unit, Saami Council, Norway

How are cumulative impacts from infrastructure developments integrated into spatial planning today? - Gro Sandkjær Hansen, Senior Researcher, NIBR Oslo Met, Norway

Panel debate

Challenges for industry and examples of coexistence and conflicts of interest. - Pontus Grahn, Project Development Manager, Vattenfall, Sweden

Nature considerations in windpower development. - Cathrine Henaug, Research Director, The Norwegian Institute of Nature Research (NINA)

How could a climate smart forestry minimize impacts on biodiversity? Win-win or tradeoffs? - Hillevi Eriksson, Climate Specialist, The Swedish Forrest Agency

Perspective of regional or municipal authorities - Leena Vuotovesi, CEO, Micropolis, Finland

Perspective from indigenous community -  Gunn-Britt Retter, Head of Arctic and Environment Unit, Saami Council, Norway

13:40 – 13:50 Break

13:50 – 15:00 Session 4: Summing-up of key take-home messages for the Barents region

Moderator: Mats-Rune Bergstöm, Director at County Administrative Board of Västerbotten, Sweden

1. Panel debate

  • Perspective of industry, Kjell Stokvik, Managing Director of Center for High North Logistics
  • Youth Perspective, Martin Gamst Johnsen, Deputy Chair of Barents Regional Youth Council
  • Perspective of nature protection, Natalia Polikarpova, Director of Pasvik Nature Reserve, Russia (TBC)
  • Perspective of traditional land use, Piera Heika Moutka, Chair of Barents Working Group of Indigenous Peoples
  • Perspective of regional authorities, Ylva Sardén, Senior Advisor, Region of Norrbotten

2. Update of the Barents regions Action Plan on Climate Change, Henna Haapala, Chair of Barents Working Group on Environment

3. Closure of the webinar, Anne Berteig, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway

You can register for the webinar HERE