Halldór Jóhannsson, director at Arctic Portal, at the Northern Forum General Assembly (Source: Press Service of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) under the President of the Russian Federation.)The month of October brought together international partners from all the Arctic states and their European partners at various events.

Representatives of EU – Arctic Information Centre have been visible at a number of conferences recently, The 2013 Arctic Energy Summit that took place in Akureyri, northern Iceland, 8-10 October, The 6th Symposium on Polar Law at the University of Akureyri, northern Iceland, 11-12 October, Arctic Circle in Reykjavik, Iceland, 11-14 October, 2013 Arctic Futures Symposium in Brussels, Belgium, 16-17 October, the 11th General Assembly of the Northern Forum in Moscow, Russia, 16-18 October and the First International Arctic Media Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia, 20-23 October.

The Arctic Canter from Rovaniemi, Finland has been the leader of the network of Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of development of the Arctic. The project is considered to be first and the most important step to strengthen communication and outreach within the EU and between the EU and the Arctic community.

Paula Kankaanpää, director at Arctic Centre, at the 2013 Arctic Futures Symposium (Photo: International Polar Foundation)The project consists of 19 leading Arctic research and outreach institutions from various European Members states and EEA countries.

Currently the network includes members from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom as well as Sámi. Additionally, three international Arctic organizations based in Europe (European Polar Board of European Science Foundation, GRID-Arendal and the University of the Arctic Thematic Networks) constitute important members of the partnership.

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The partners will continue their work towards compilation of the existing information related to impacts on development in the Arctic into popularized formats, use in consultation meetings and prepare reports from the results of the consultations followed by recommendations.