are in the MOST Phase I website (1994-2003).
The MOST Phase II website is available at: www.unesco.org/shs/most.
Our last newsletter was distributed
in November 1998 and a lot of work has been conducted within the MOST CCPP
network since then.
This newsletter will inform you on the following issues:
We want to welcome
Kerstin Hägg, Umeå,
Sweden, to the UNESCO MOST CCPP and
In 1998 UNESCO MOST offered MOST CCPP funding
for a truly comparative circumpolar pilot study "The Schoolessay-project".
We want to thank UNESCO MOST/CSI for funding this project. So far we have
Nina Olsen (student in Tromsø) and from the local researchers. This report will be submitted to UNESCO MOST in Paris by 1 November and will be published in the MOST working papers series. We will make a summary based on this report to be sent to all pupils and schools engaged in the project.
The Schoolessay -meeting: Nordic Arctic
Research Program (NAP) have by their contributions made possible a workshop
in Roskilde, DK 23.-24. of September where most of the researchers met
to discuss and analyse the questionnaires and essays. This was a fruitful
meeting, where one of the more concrete results was a decision to
concentrate the analyses on similarities and differences regarding four
dimensions found central in the youths essays. These dimensions are 1)
The need for social arenas, 2) The views on the local social conditions,
3) The perceptions of the labour
A press release was distributed through the network after the meeting.
Institute for Economic Problems, Kola Science Centre, with participation of the Department of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) invited UNESCO MOST CCPP to take part in The International Scientific Conference “Global and Local Socio-Economic Processes in the North" in Apatity March 1999. We decided to arrange a MOST CCPP workshop and a Steering Committee meeting in connection with the conference. Nordic Academy of Advanced Study (NorFA) was funding the workshop, and additional contributions was made by the Barents Secretariat, the Joint Committee of the Nordic Social Science Research Councils and the University of Tromsø. Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt, Nils Aarsæther and Richard Apostle from MOST CCPP Steering committee took part in the conference's International Organising Committee.
MOST CCPP wants to thank the organisers of the conference Director Gennady Luzin and Vladimir Didyk and Larissa Riabova from the Local organising committee for inviting us to Apatity.
The following papers and speeches were
presented during the NorFA/MOST CCPP
The following papers from MOST CCPP researchers
were presented during the
Meeting of the Steering Committee, Apatity 20 March 1999
We discussed the plans for further work in the MOST CCPP - including ongoing and new projects, funding and seminars, workshops etc. planned.
The following members of the steering committee were present.
After the conference and workshop in Apatity a group of MOST CCPP researchers, researchers and translators from Kola Science Centre, Institute for Economic Problems, Apatity had planned to conduct a small fieldwork in Teriberka on the Murmansk coast. Due to problems out of our control we had to reschedule the plans and by great effort and help from KSC, IEP we managed to make appointments and go to Luven'ga, near Kandalksha on the White Sea coast. This fieldwork was made possible by funding from The Barents Secretariat and UNESCO MOST.
Luven'ga is a small village with 816 inhabitants.
During our stay here we divided in two groups. One group concentrating
on school/young peoples perceptions, the second group concentrating on
new business initiatives. The whole group had informal meetings with the
mayor, were invited to visit a orphanage and talk with both teachers and
children. Most of the new initiatives in this village were taken by women
based on need they experienced, as for instance establishing a bakery,
a shop, a pig-farm and the orphanage. In addition to the service and goods
provided, these initiatives mean locally based new jobs. The village has
a high rate of unemployment, and quite a high amount of pensioners moving
to the village from neighbouring towns, due to the possibility of being
self-suppliant and cheaper housing conditions. The visit in Luven'ga gave
us a nice opportunity to get a better understanding of a small settlement
and to get familiar with
Since the first MOST CCPP book was released in February 1998 it was clear that the project should try to publish a second book. A group consisting of Richard Apostle, Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt and Nils Aarsæther have worked to realise these plans. Efforts have been made to establish contact with Toronto University Press, Canada and there have been a long, still unfinished process selecting manuscripts for this publication. The working title of the book is "The Reflexive North" and we hope it will be released in year 2000.
UNESCO MOST in co-operation with UNESCO
“Environment and Development in
"Coping under stress in a fishery-based community, Faeroe Islands, Russia and Iceland" directed by Jogvan Mørkøre, with Larissa Riabova and Unnur Dis Skaptadottir. This team has conducted fieldwork in Teriberka/Luven'ga in Russia, Bolungarvik in Iceland, and Vagur in Faeroe Island. The work will be reported to UNESCO in a CCPP scientific report by October 1999. Funding from The Barents Secretariat contributed to conduct the fieldwork for this project in Russia.
Funded by the University of Tromsø,
International Co-operation and with some additional contributions from
The Barents Euro- Arctic Region, Barents Secretariat we managed to arrange
a MOST CCPP workshop "Engendering Coping Strategies" during the Women’s
Worlds 99. 7th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, June
20-26 1999 Tromsø, Norway. The workshop was held in co-operation
with "Women and sustainable fishery" co-ordinated by Siri Gerrard, Barbara
Neis, Marian Binkley, Stella Williams and Nalini Nayak. 23 participants
attended the workshop. Some of the work at these workshop has been followed
up by establishing an e-mail- list co-ordinated by Barbara Neis, Canada:
Gender Globalization and Fisheries,
From the MOST CCPP group the following presentations were made:
A pilot study is in progress in Faeroe
Island. All of the communities in our project need to undertake a survey
of existing conditions which govern small business, paying particular attention
to notable successes and failures. The future of any, if not most, of the
communities on the northern periphery is going to depend on their ability
to produce innovative solutions to small-business activity for the next
century. Mindful of the fact that scale is no panacea for the difficult
economic conditions we frequently face, this
About the funding situation
The secretariat are funded by NOS-S. In 1998 we received 42.000 NOK for fieldwork in Teriberka, Murmansk Region, Russia from The Barents Euro-Arctic Region, Barents Secretariat. The fieldwork is already being carried out by a Russian, Icelandic and Norwegian team.
NorFA has as in earlier phases of the project funded important MOST CCPP events and we have received a grant from NARP, Nordic Arctic Research Program.
Marit Aure has got Ph.D. grants from the Norwegian Research Council, programme for Regional Development for a project within the MOST CCPP called "Local coping processes and regional development. Social capital, economic co-operation in Russian and Norwegian coastal communities". This means that Marit Aure will quit her job (from 31.12.99) at the secretariat and that we are trying to figure out how to organise the secretariat the last year of the first phase of the project.
The Norwegian Research Council, programme for Regional Development has also decided to support a Ph.D. program based on MOST CCPP, within the Department of Planning and Community Studies at University of Tromsø.
Year 2000 is the end of the first phase of the MOST CCP Project. We will use efforts this year to secure a second phase of the project, report the first phase, arrange a PhD course and plan a conference to sum up the project, so far. This conference will be a new meeting place for practitioners, politicians and researchers, and we want to involve people from the MOST CCPP localities in the planning process.
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