SDWG held its first regular meeting of the Finnish Chairmanship in Inari, Finland on 21-22 September 2017. Information & documents for participants are available in the password-protected MEETINGS/WORK AREA.
FINAL SDWG project reports from the US Chairmanship (2015-2017) are now available! Please see SDWG ACHIEVEMENTS 2015-2017 under the ACTIVITIES tab.
News & Other Activities
We all want a sustainable Arctic. How can we get it? The Arctic Spirit Conference (14-16 November 2017) was held recently in Rovaniemi, Finland to discuss the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and the Arctic. CLICK HERE for more information.
Questionnaire for Mapping EIA Good Practices: The Arctic EIA project is exploring good practice examples from various EIA projects across the Arctic region. Have you taken part in a well-executed EIA – or do you have experience with a specific component of an EIA, such as public participation or mitigation measures – that could be used as examples of good practice? If so, we invite you to tell us about it by answering our questionnaire. Your assistance is much appreciated – thank you! Please CLICK HERE to answer our EIA Good Practice Questionnaire. For more information about the questionnaire please visit our Arctic EIA webpage.
The Arctic Environmental Impact Assessment (Arctic EIA) project is conducting a workshop in Rovaniemi, Finland on 11-12 December 2017 entitled: Tomorrow’s Arctic EIA: Nordic possibilities and perspectives to Environmental Impact Assessments in the Arctic. Click here for the workshop invitation and program. For more information about the Arctic EIA project please see their recent newsletter.
There will also be an Arctic EIA workshop in Utqiagvik (Barrow) Alaska on 27-29 November 2017 entitled: Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples as part of Consultation within an Environmental Impact Assessment process. If you are interested, please contact the event organizer, Institute of the North.
Read this article in the World Policy Blog which references the SDWG's WASH project: The Arctic Council Could Be a Leader in Promoting the Right to Water
A new SDWG Project,“Arctic Children, Pre-school education and smooth transition to school”, launched in August 2017. An expedition of Finnish and Russian experts visited Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of Russia to undertake research and evaluation of the best practices within the sphere of pre-school education among the Arctic Indigenous peoples. The expedition was organized by the Federal Agency for Nationalities, Ministry for Economic Development of Russia and the government of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, in close cooperation with colleagues from Finland. For more information, please view our press release and visit the official portal of RAIPON.