Diverse topics were discussed at the 52nd WGE meeting, which took place on 25 of September 2019 in Umeå (Skeppsvik), Västerbotten, Sweden.
The WGE meeting in Skeppsvik highlighted the XVII Session of BEAC and the EU-Arctic Forum, a workshop on Regional climate and energy strategies, the upcoming Chairmanship of Västerbotten County in the Barents Regional Council, new possibilities for hotspots exclusions. Environment and climate, youth, gender equality, indigenous people, and visibility are among the priorities during the Västerbotten's Chairmanship in BRC.
Youth perspective has been highlighted by the presentation of the Barents Regional Youth Council (BRYC). Moreover, Daria Shvetsova, the new representative of the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples (WGIP), welcomed the WGE members in the Vepsian language and prepared an interesting presentation for the meeting. Preparations for the Ministerial meeting in Luleå, 4-5 February 2020, received a particular attention.
Henrik Forsström from NEFCO informed that the first round grant financing through the Programme for Environment and Climate Co-operation (PECC) was successfully completed. It is foreseen that another financing round will be launched during the second half of 2019. The Programme for Environment and Climate Co-operation (PECC) has provided grant financing for the implementation during 2018 of some 10 co-operation projects between Nordic and Northwest Russian non-commercial partners to mutually benefit the environment and climate at the regional and local levels.
More information on the Programme for Environment and Climate Co-operation (PECC) can be found here.
Follow-up questions and discussions highlighted the need in possible cooperation on climate and energy strategies in the Barents region.
You can find information about the WGE meeting agenda, minutes and presentations here.