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 finished her dissertation 2017, Karhu is finishing his dissertation in 2018 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.
Professor Maria Lähteenmäki got a Prize of the Association of Finnish Non-fiction Writers for her long-term activity of publishing research-based non-fiction books. Lähteenmäki has underlined co-operation between professional and amateur historians and historian’s societal responsibility during this post-truth time. The prize was published in Helsinki Book Fair on October 28, 2017.
The Association of Finnish Non-fiction Writers,
Helsinki Book Fair, http://kirjamessut.messukeskus.com/?lang=en
Key words: Nature protection areas, national parks, nature parks, environment, historical sites, cultural heritage, ecotourism, Fennoscandian Green Belt, Finland-Russia-Norway, 1980s-2010s