Environmental Responsibility and Marine Spatial Planning in the Arctic

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Environmental Responsibility and Marine Spatial Planning in the Arctic

Strategic objectives and cooperation tools for the EU Governance of Natural Resources

Workshop organized by the Jean-Monnet Project GRASS – EU governance of natural resources: geopolitics, regions and sectors, and by CBHE Erasmus+ project SUNRAISE – Sustainable Natural Resource Use in Arctic and High Mountainous Areas

Russian State Hydrometeorological University, St.-Petersburg, Russia, September 25-26, 2018

The workshop aim, objectives and outcomes

The aim of the workshops was to discuss two aspects of EU-Russia’s interactions on the natural resource governance in the Arctic, which were manifested through the following policy mechanisms:

  • Marine spatial planning,
  • Rankings and indexes of environmental responsibility and performance.

In our discussion we were governed by the assumption that while the EU was struggling to gain traction in the Arctic, without the Arctic Sea littoral states, its options were very limited. Environmental agenda is among the strongest components of the EU external policies, and provides the EU an opportunity to take a lead in policy debates over the future of the Arctic region. Such private governance mechanisms as measurements and ranking of environmental responsibility of companies is one of the mechanisms; other ones may include such global non-government initiatives as MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification of fisheries. Another context, where the EU can be prepared to play a role is marine spatial planning (MSP),with its Maritime Directive (2014/89/EU) promoted as a legal framework to use also by neighbouring countries.

Aiming at the discussion of EU Arctic ambitions in these two context, we particularly focused on what this meant for Russia and on possible interplays with its own Arctic agenda. To get a richer analytical perspective on these issues, we explored specific case studies from across the Russian Arctic. In addition, in the context of this discussion we also explored renewable energy options and opportunities for the Russian segment of Arctic.

After all these pieces found its place in the puzzle, we were ready to discuss a policy brief and an analytical paper describing an important aspect of EU-Russia’s cooperation over the natural resource governance in the Arctic.

Workshop participants

The workshop brought together researchers and representatives of various stakeholder groups from Russia, the EU and associated countries:

  • Representatives of stakeholder involved with natural resource management and policies in the Arctic, in particular in relation to energy, fisheries and transportation; this might include the representatives of business, national/regional/local authorities, biodiversity conservation areas, academia and NGO sector.
  • Representatives of EU institutions and of various EU interest groups.
  • Keynote speakers, high profile scientists.
  • Postdocs or advanced PhD students working on or interested to develop new research on the case studies.

Preliminary Schedule

September 25, 2018: a morning session on MSP and an afternoon session of indexes and rankings – keynote speeches, case study presentations, panel discussions
September 26, 2018: discussion of related curriculum development and capacity building issues in Russian universities

Expressions of interest accompanied by CV are accepted until July 15, 2018 through grass.jeanmonnet@gmail.com 

Information letter is avaliable here.

Further details and updates will be shared through http://grass.pskgu.ru/ and http://ieig.sfu-kras.ru/sunraise.



GRASS – EU governance of natural resources:
geopolitics, regions and sectors

  • Pskov State University (RU)
  • Erda Research, Technology, Education (NL)
  • Central European University (HU)
  • Estonian University of Life Sciences (EE)
  • NGO Ekapraekt (BY)
  • RZ. Research. Management. Communication (SE)



SUNRAISE – Sustainable Natural Resource Use in
Arctic and High Mountainous Areas

  • University of Bremen (DE)
  • Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (AT)
  • Estonian University of Life Sciences (EE)
  • Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RU)
  • Siberian Federal University (RU)
  • Gorno-Altaisk State University (RU)
  • Altai-Sayan Mountain Partnership (RU)
  • Royal University of Bhutan (BT)
  • Kumaun University (IN)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University (IN)
  • Central Himalayan Environment Association (IN)