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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 20172019. 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.

Project Goal:

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.

Project Activities:

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:

The Questionnaire:
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.

The Workshops:
In addition to the questionnaire, practices of EIA within the Arctic are shared in workshops:

Other Activities

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.
Seija Rantakallio
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.