Regional Development Director
ClimateWise and Environmentally Responsible Kainuu 2040
The project updated the environmental and climate objectives of Kainuu region for later use in the regional plan and program.
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded Environmentally Responsible Kainuu 2040 project upgraded the climate and environmental goals for Kainuu region. These new goals can be used for example in regional planning and regional program work.
The Background and Goals of the Project
Environmentally Responsible Kainuu 2040 project was funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Regional Council of Kainuu. The project had one employed worker, project manager Heidi Karppinen.
EU and Finnish national level legislation, agreements and decisions to diminish climate change impacts and environmentally sustainable development were the basis and the motive to this project. Project goals were to recognize what kind of actions and steps we must take in Kainuu, and what kind of operational models and goals the region needs. These operational models and goals can be used in regional development. The project also created a plan on how to manage and monitor these goals. The project was carried out through an extensive participatory process (workshops etc.).
The Previous Climate Strategy and Environment Program of Kainuu Didn’t Guide Regional Operators Enough
One of the goals in this project was to develop tools to integrate climate and environmental responsibility goals to Kainuu regional program and its long term action plan. Climate and environmental questions were linked as cross-sectoral goals to regional developmental projects and programs. Municipalities and other regional operators will take these into account in their program goals and execution.