Ongoing projects

Ongoing projects

On this page you will find up-to-date information about the ongoing projects that different working groups across the organisation are currently working on. 


Joint Working Group on Health and Social Issues

The Children and Youth At Risk in the Barents region, Co-operation Programme (CYAR 2008 - 2019)

The Assessment of need of activities to support Children and Youth at Risk in the Barents Regions is financed by Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and supported by Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services. 

The Assessment is conducted by National Institute of Health and Welfare (THL), Finland.

The Assessment activities will include an analysis of the previous activities of the CYAR-programme, desk studies of data on the current situation, physical meetings with professionals from member regions, with actors at organisations for indigenous peoples, and with organisations with tasks related to vulnerable children and youth. The activities will conclude by preparing a final report with suggestions for future action to be taken. Initial activities will also be planned and implemented. Based on the results the part of Children and Youth at Risk in the  6th Framework Programme for Cooperation on Health and Related Social Issues in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region  2020-2023 will be developed.

Contact person: Minna Sinkkonen,, tlf. +358 29 524 7032


Regional Working Group on Transport and Logistics

Kolarctic CBC project: Barents Region Transport and Logistics

The project KO1029 Barents Region Transport and Logistics is financed through the Kolarctic CBC Programme 2018-2021.

There are 13 partners in total; from Finland 4, Norway 4, Sweden 2 and Russia 3 partners. The lead Partner is the Regional Council of Kainuu and the duration of the project is 36 months. Specific objective of the project are:

1. Better awareness of situation of the main transport corridors in Barents Region.
2. Increased level of knowledge of the World transport market and impacts on the Barents Region.
3. Better understanding “Green Transport” concept and its meaning to Barents Region.
4. Better understanding of current/planned, public/private ITS projects relevant to the Barents region, an implemented ICT based tools supporting the cross-border co-operation.
5. Increased awareness and common understanding of future transport cross-border cooperation through “Action Plan" of the Barents region transport

Contact person: Jussi Huotari,, tlf. +358 44 410 0731

Kolarctic CBC Project: Barents On Time

Hundreds of travellers cross the boundaries between Russia, Finland and Norway daily. Travelling by bus is not always convenient and efficient. The project "Barents On Time" (BoT) has an objective to provide cross-border travellers with up-to-date tools and services for using public transport. The target group is authorities, bus terminals and bus operating companies. The project will result in new tools and services: website with timetables and route search, mobile ticket application and information screens on bus stops. The project will facilitate bus priority at cross-border checkpoints, produce emergency plan to increase safety, and contribute to efficient timetables.

Contact person: Lars Engerengen,


Working Group on Environment:

Ecological Restoration of Arctic Rivers (Kolarctic CBC Project, KO1078 ReArc)

Currently a new project, will be updated as soon as more information is available.

Contact person: Magnus Johansson,

Finnish-Russian bilateral project AB-Waste

The project partners: The Finnish Ministry of Environment; Finnish Environment Institute SYKE; ELY Centers of the Finnish Barents regions (esp. Kainuu); private and municipal waste management facilities, The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; authorities responsible for waste management at the regional (and municipal) level; BAT Bureau; All-Russian Institute of Ecology. The project was financed by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and last until 2018. 

The objects of the programme were as follows:

- To support cooperation regarding management of municipal and hazardous waste and to strengthen waste management planning and implementation of these plans in the Arctic, especially in Russia;
- To promote introduction of best practices in waste treatment/recovery;
- To densify the cooperation between AC and BEAC in solving environmental problems in the Northern Europe;
- To support implementation of international chemical and waste conventions in the Arctic;
- To promote development of bioeconomy in recovery of waste and recycled materials and biomasses. 

Contact person: Helena Dahlbo,
  Contact person: Prof. Dr. Ruslan Butovsky, 


Regional Working Group on Economic Cooperation 

B2B Business to Barents Project

The Chamber of Commerce in North Karelia, Finland, started in May 2018 a one-year project aiming at opening up new business opportunities for companies, located in North Karelia, to cooperate in the Barents region.

The main objective of the B2B Business to Barents project was to evaluate export potential in the Barents region for the North Karelian companies. At the same time, it created the preconditions for new trade relations and developed networking with key partners. The project group consisted of representatives from the Regional Council, Chamber of Commerce and companies, having export experience in the Barents region.

Contact Person: Janita Ylitalo,

Kicking off Bioeconomy in the North

The overall aim of the project is to form a network and assure long-term cooperation between the Nordic countries and Northwestern Russia that will allow companies, authorities and researchers to work on strengthening the local economy due to a bioeconomic transition. The further purpose of the project is to increase understanding of the institutional framework for bioeconomy in Northwestern Russia through conducting a study on the current status of bioeconomy in the Murmansk region and the Republic of Karelia.

Contact Person: Vera Meshko,

Project funding in Barents

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