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PRESSRELEASE ARCTIC AWARD 2017

For the very first time the prizes from the new project called the "Arctic Projects Awards" will be awarded. The awards highlights goodpractice projects focused on topics of particular relevance to the Arctic area.

The first winners of the Arctic Award have now been decided.

The competition is part of Arctic cooperation - a collaboration between four Arctic EU programs - and 19 projects had submitted their contributions. We thank you for all the contributions and congratulate the winners!

We are proud to announce that the winner of category 1, "Overcoming critical mass" is Visit Arctic Europe (Interreg Nord).
http://visitarcticeurope.com

The project makes a special effort to involve people in the design of the solutions and demonstrates excellence in promoting its' results to the relevant target audiences.

Visit Arctic Europe contributes in a clear way to the Arctic Award main criteria: innovation, impact and focus. The project involves SMEs and stakeholders from all three countries, and through the activities carried out, they have been able to combine the Arctic area's strengths and resources to meet the increased competition within the tourism industry. The project has shown that better results can be achieved through cooperation and trust instead of competing against each other.

Partners: Finnish Lapland Tourist Board ry (LME), Swedish Lapland Visitors Board, NordNorsk Reiseliv AS

We are proud to announce that the winner in category 2, "Sustainable use of resources", is Transalgae (Botnia Atlantica). http://biofuelregion.se/projekt/transalgae

The project demonstrates excellence in promoting its' (expected) results to the relevant target audiences. There is a need of cost effective, and sustainable ways to clean waste streams from different sources. Algae is not used in the Arctic region for this purpose and the project will contribute to increase the knowledge of algae and develop the algae sector as a part of the bio economy.

Transalgae contributes in a clear way to the Arctic Award main criteria: innovation, impact and focus. The focus is cultivation of algae in Nordic conditions, which means a colder and darker climate in the winter season. Algae need sunlight and a water temperature between 10-30 °C to be able to grow. The developed cultivation system should be robust towards large temperature variations over day and night. One important thing is to develop cultivation in different waste streams with the purpose of removing nutrients and carbon dioxide from the waste in a sustainable way. A key issue for an investment is the economic sustainability of the use of algae after cultivation. Therefore, different possible usages of the algae after harvesting with the purpose of finding a sustainable valuable chain with a good market potential is investigated.

Partners: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Nattviken Invest AB, BioFuel Region Bfr AB, Mid Sweden University, Novia - University of Applied Sciences, University of Vaasa, NIBIO

For more information:

Interreg Nord: Lena Anttila lena.anttila@lansstyrelsen.se, 010-22 55 232

Interreg Botnia-Atlantica: Jenny Bergkvist jenny.bergkvist@lansstyrelsen.se, 010-22 54 473

Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic: Rachel Burn rachel.burn@interreg-npa.eu. +45 3283 3785

Kolarctic CBC: Päivi Ekdahl Paivi.Ekdahl@lapinliitto.fi + 358 40 038 3578

Updated on 17.11.2017, at 09.51, Ulf Grindgärds.