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9 January 2014

New sustainable Arctic programme gets SEK 30m

The Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development initiative is to take its research on how the Arctic region can develop sustainably to the next level. In December, Mistra approved funding of SEK 30 million for the new programme over four years.

Through research in humanities and social sciences, a new research programme is to study the Arctic and the challenges faced by the region. The aim is to pinpoint ways and means of achieving sustainable development in this vulnerable part of the world, where many different interests are perceiving new development potential. Mistra’s Board decided in December to grant up to SEK 30 million over four years to a programme from Umeå University entitled ‘New Governance for Sustainable Development in the European Arctic’.

Starting next year
The new programme will be a successor to Mistra Arctic Futures, which has been under way since 2011 and has had its assignment extended until March 2014. A final event is planned for this programme early next year, and the plan is that this should also mark the start of Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development.

The background to the new programme is the call for funding applications issued by Mistra in December 2012. The application from Umeå University was one of two programme proposals submitted and evaluated by an international review panel. Prior to a decision to fund ‘New Governance for Sustainable Development in the European Arctic’, however, Mistra’s Board required the applicant group to produce a more detailed application during the autumn.

The review panel, which also examined the revised application, comprised Kim Holmén, chair (Norwegian Polar Institute), Anna Kerttula de Echave (US National Science Foundation), Igor Krupnik (Smithsonian Institution) and Lars-Anders Baer (Sami Parliament in Sweden).

Andreas Nilsson, Vetenskapsjournalisterna

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