ABOUT: The GreenZoneProject
The GreenZoneProject is a geo-historical research project focused on the historical sites and conservation areas between the Finnish-Russian-Norwegian border region, that is, the Fennoscandian Green Belt Region. The home of this three and half-year environmental history project (2017‒2020) is the University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu Campus), and it is funded by the Kone Foundation. The PI of the research is Professor Maria Lähteenmäki and the researchers are MA Oona Ilmolahti, MA Jani Karhu and MA Aleksander Osipov. Ilmolahti and Karhu are finishing their dissertations in 2017 and Osipov will do his thesis at the University of Eastern Finland during the project.
The project contain four sub-studies:
Cross-border cooperation and interaction between the Finnish and the Soviet Union’s environmental ministries started in 1985, when the Arctic cooperation took its first steps. In 2011 the cross-border nature protection meetings activated again. The Fennoscandian Green Belt area is the northernmost part of the European Green Belt. It is a grassroots movement for nature conservation and sustainable development along the corridor of the former Iron Curtain. The Belt is an ecological network that runs from the Barents to the Black and Adriatic Seas. Near the Barents Sea and the former Finnish region of Petsamo locate the northernmost transnational (Finnish-Russian-Norwegian) area, the Pasvik-Inari Protected Region.
A new book has been released:
Key words: Nature protection areas, national parks, nature parks, environment, historical sites, cultural heritage, ecotourism, Fennoscandian Green Belt, Finland-Russia-Norway, 1980s-2010s