In 2020 KarRC RAS and staff of its institutes took part in the implementation of 48 international projects, including 10 multilateral (in 9 projects KarRC RAS and its institutes were partners, and in 1 project FRI staff acted as experts) and 38 bilateral (two of them involved IB, NWPI and ILLH staff as experts) ones. Among the bilateral projects, 23 were implemented together with Finnish scientists, 4 with scientists from Belarus, and 3 with Swedish partners. Cooperation with research organizations from Estonia, Germany, India, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, USA, and Ukraine was in one project each. In the reported year, research on 40 projects was continued, and 8 new projects commenced. This year, 8 new cooperation agreements and memorandums were signed and enacted with organizations from Finland (1 with KarRC RAS, 1 with FRI, 1 with IE), Serbia (1 with KarRC RAS), India (1 with IG), Spain (1 with ILLH), Norway (1 with FRI), and with the International Association for Great Lakes Research (1 with NWPI).
KarRC partnership geography is quite extensive and continues expanding. Yet, the share of bilateral projects with Finnish scientific organizations – traditionally the main partners in KarRC’s international cooperation – was more than 60% of the total. Also quite high was the share of multilateral (more than two participating countries) projects: in 2020 it was over 20% of the total number of international projects.
The themes of joint research are biodiversity conservation and environmental protection, environmental awareness and education, sustainable management of natural resources, geology, socio-economic studies, business development, history and culture, philological and linguistic studies.
A substantial part of the cooperation is international research of applied nature, including scientific support to projects and programmes addressing the tasks of long-term development of the Republic of Karelia. Examples of such projects are: “Enhancing the predictability of fire activity and its environmental and socio-economic consequences in circumboreal forests through representative data comparisons”, “Adapting management of Barents forests to future climate and economy conditions”, “Critical metals and industrial minerals in Fennoscandia. Raw materials for the 21st century”, “Sustainability Under Pressure: Environmental Resilience in natural and cultural heritage areas with intensive recreation (SUPER)”, “Collaborative Data and Information Exchange Network for Managing Invasive Alien Species (DIAS)”, “Shungite water treatment technologies (SHEM-WP)”, “Boosting Forest Cluster SME Business in two Karelias (Bofori)”, “Diverse and clean forests - successful bioeconomy”, “Advanced forest nursery”, “Kalitka – the development of cross-border gastronomic tourism”, “Tourism cooperation between SMEs”, “Baltic Sea Underground Innovation Network (BSUIN)”, “Salmonid Fish and Freshwater Pearl Mussel - Riverine Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity in the Green Belt of Fennoscandia”, etc.
KarRC RAS employees in 2020 took part in 143 international scientific events (conferences, symposia, workshops). KarRC RAS organized 11 events (conferences, workshops, roundtables, etc.) with international participants (KarRC RAS – 3; IB – 1; NWPI – 1, IG – 1; FRI – 1; IAMR – 2, IE – 1, ILLH – 1).
KarRC RAS, its institutions and their staff participate in EU programmes: Baltic Sea Region Interreg Programme: KarRC RAS – 3; Karelia CBC 2014–2020 Programme: KarRC RAS (IB, NWPI, FRI, ILLH) – 3; NWPI & IB – 1; FRI – 3, FRI & IE – 1; IAMR & IE – 1; IE – 3); Kolarctic CBC 2014-2020 Programme: KarRC RAS – 1; South-East Finland – Russia CBC 2014-2020 Programme: IG – 1; FRI – 1. Some projects are implemented with financial support from international organizations and programmes (Nordic Council of Ministers: KarRC RAS – 1; European Forest Institute – FRI – 1), various foreign organizations (Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Universities: ILLH – 1; Academy of Finland: FRI – 1; Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: FRI – 2; Karelian Educational Society: ILLH – 3, etc.), and foundations (Kone Foundation: ILLH – 1, Hunters Association: ILLH – 1; KKES Foundation (Karjalaisen Kulttuurin Edistämissäätiö): ILLH – 1), RFBR joint competitions for projects with foreign organizations: RFBR – Belarusian Republican Foundation for Fundamental Research: IB – 2, ILLH – 1.
ÊÎ1017 Salmus: Salmonid Fish and Freshwater Pearl Mussel - Riverine Ecosystem Service and Biodiversity in the Green Belt of Fennoscandia (SALMUS) (ENI CBC “Kolarctic” project), 2019–2021
KA5033 Sustainability Under Pressure: Environmental Resilience in natural and cultural heritage areas with intensive recreation (SUPER) (ENI CBC “Karelia” project), 2018–2020
ÊÀ5046 DIAS – Collaborative Data and Information Exchange Network for Managing Invasive Alien Species (ENI CBC “Karelia” project), 2018–2021
Õ007. Water management in Baltic forests – Tool box (WAMBAF-Tool Box) (Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme, 2019–2021
Improving ecological connectivity in boreal forests of the Barents region (Nordic Council of Ministers), 2018–2019
Contemporary Old City: Enhancing cultural tourism across the border (2012-2014), ENPI CBC Karelia Project
"Cities by the Water: New Opportunities for Business Development" (2011-2013), ENPI CBC Karelia Project
Project ENPI CBC KARELIA "Green cities and settlements – Sustainable spatial development in border areas" (2011-2014)
KarRC RAS international cooperation results in 2020