This webpage will be updated regularly. Last updated 21 March 2019
Good Practices for Environmental Impact Assessment and Meaningful Engagement in the Arctic – including Good Practice Recommendations
About the Project:
Good Practices for Environmental Impact Assessment and Meaningful Engagement in the Arctic – including Good Practice Recommendations – Arctic EIA in short – is an endorsed project of the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council. The Arctic EIA project is led by Finland during the Finnish chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2017–2019. The project is co-led by Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark and the Gwich’in Council International.
What is good practice?
Different actors may have different views on what worked well, and what did not, in the process of EIA. Generally good practice can be defined as practice that has proven to work well and has produced good results, and can therefore be recommended as a model. At this stage we wanted to leave the determination of good practice up to the stakeholders who answered the questionnaire. Producing a definition of “good practice” in this case is a process to which everyone can contribute. You may visit the webpage of the International Association for Impact Assessment to view how good practice is defined there. In the Arctic context, some EIA guidelines were developed in 1997.
Arctic EIA aims at providing Arctic-specific recommendations that can be applied in the vulnerable and changing Arctic environment, taking into account the indigenous peoples and other inhabitants living there. Since economic activities are likely to increase in the Arctic, the role of environmental impact assessment (EIA) in project planning will become increasingly important. Mapping good practices, sharing experiences, learning from each other and co-creating recommendations form the core of the project. The deliverables of the project will include Good Practice Recommendations for EIA and Public Participation in the Arctic to be delivered to the Ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in the spring of 2019.
Arctic EIA Newsletters:
Please see the Arctic EIA newsletter for current information about the progress of the project. Or, if you are interested in earlier information, you might want to review previous versions:
- Arctic EIA Newsletter (March 2018)
- Arctic EIA Newsletter (Oct 2017)
- Click Here to Subscribe to the quarterly Arctic EIA Newsletter.
A questionnaire, targeted to all EIA stakeholders — Indigenous Peoples and other Arctic residents, authorities, developers, consultants, NGOs, and other interested parties — provided the Editorial group of the project, with practices from across the Arctic. This information is being used as a base for co-creating good practice recommendations for EIA in the Arctic.
In addition to the questionnaire, practices of EIA within the Arctic are shared in workshops:
- Alaskan Workshop Summary: Meaning Engagement of Indigenous Peoples within the Environmental Impact Assessment, Utqiagvik/Barrow, Alaska, 27–29 November 2017. Click Here to View the Individual Presentations from the Workshop
- Nordic Workshop Summary: Tomorrow’s Arctic EIA–Nordic Possibilities and Perspectives to Environmental Impact Assessments in the Arctic, Rovaniemi, Finland 11–12 December 2017. Click Here to View the Individual Presentations from the Workshop.
- The report from the Arctic EIA workshop that took place in Yellowknife, Canada on 24-26 April 2018 is now available. Click Here to view the Program and Participants List. The Yellowknife workshop presentations are available here. For more information please see the March 2018 Newsletter.
- There are plans for a future workshop in Russia in 2018-2019.
- Arctic EIA project was presented in a poster at the annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) in Montreal in April 2017. It was also presented in a side event at the Espoo Convention’s 7th Meeting of the Parties in Minsk in June 2017. The full name of the Espoo Convention is the UN/ECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context.
- In the Arctic Energy Summit 2017 in Helsinki, 18-20 September 2017, there was a session about EIA in energy projects in the Arctic.
Introducing the Staff
Päivi A. Karvinen, Project Coordinator
Päivi works full time in the project coordinating and facilitating the project in the Ministry of the Environment. She is the main point of contact of the project. Päivi’s expertise is Environmental Impact Assessment, including pilot studies and other environmental fields. Päivi has been active for years as a chair and in other positions in the Finnish Association of Impact Assessment.
Päivi A. Karvinen
Ministry of the Environment, Finland
tel. +358 50 308 0194
Seija Rantakallio, Project Leader
Seija works as a Ministerial Adviser in the Ministry of the Environment and is in charge of enforcement and development of EIA legislation, guidance of regional environmental authorities and preparing the Finnish position in EIA matters in the EU and within the UN/ECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention). She is the Point of Contact of the Espoo Convention in Finland and a former chair of the Implementation Committee of the Convention.
Ministry of the Environment, Finland
tel. +358 400 143 937,
For updated information about Project’s Steering Committee and Editorial Group, please take a look at the March 2018 Newsletter. Thank you.