News from the very North of Europe!

My first week as a Interreg Reporter is over, and I want to share my experience as being a part of the programme and the team of Northern Periphery and Artic (NPA).

The Northern Periphery and Artic Programme 2014 – 2020, comprises a cooperation between nine different programme partner countries in Europe – Artic zone areas, the Atlantic zone, the Barents region, countries neighboring Canada in the West, and Russia in the East.

Though the programme areas have different geographical locations, it has many common features, such as low population density, low economic diversity, and high impact of climate change and so on.

The NPA programme aims to expand the regions’ horizons, building on concrete outcomes, and enabling the programme area to become first class region to live, study, work, visit and invest.

My first days were focused on all the projects that NPA is working with. As a part of the preparation work for the forthcoming conference that will be held in Ireland with the theme “Blue Growth”, I read about the long-term strategy aiming to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors.

As seas and oceans have always been an important vein of the world economy, it has a great potential for innovation and growth. I started collecting data from statistics and studies on young people’s view about the Arctic, took a look of the reviews about future perspectives for the development of the area, as well as youth’s motivations, and the general attitudes towards the different aspects of the nature.

There is a lot more to learn about how to influence the decision process of the young people in order to make them stay and contribute to the global processes of the development of their own area.

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