QR Code labelling of products made from Inuit sealskins

QR Code labelling of products made from Inuit sealskins

The EU recognizes that seal hunting is an integral part of the socio-economy, nutrition, culture and identity of Inuit and other indigenous communities. Geographically speaking, the relevant areas in this respect are primarily Greenland, Nunavut and Northwest Territories in Canada. It is recognized that seal hunting provides a major contribution to the subsistence and development of indigenous peoples in these areas: providing food and income to support the life and sustainable livelihood of the community, preserving and continuing the traditional existence of the community.

For these reasons the EU legislation allows under certain conditions for the placing on the EU market of seal products, which result from hunts conducted by Inuit.

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Déclaration des Directeurs de l’Innovation

Déclaration des Directeurs de l’Innovation


La conférence internationale de l’innovation, organisée par OCTA Innovation, s’est déroulée à Ponta Delgada aux Açores du 11 au 14 avril 2017. Elle a rassemblé des représentants de Pays et Territoires d’Outre-mer (PTOM) de l’Union européenne, le gouvernement açorien, la Commission européenne et des experts en innovation, afin d’étudier la manière dont l’innovation favorise le développement durable dans les petites îles ainsi que de mettre en place une certaine coopération et de créer un terrain propice à de futures initiatives.

Les piliers et valeurs à la base d’une société ont été examinés, tout comme les capacités et les besoins de toutes les parties prenantes pour les étayer. La mise en œuvre de divers types et niveaux d’innovation a été envisagée. La vision d’une société prospère et inclusive sur le plan économique doit reposer sur l’innovation et une collaboration totale entre les acteurs publics et privés. L’innovation doit soutenir toutes les parties prenantes dans la société, tant dans le domaine économique que social. De plus, son rôle s’avère essentiel pour lutter contre les problèmes liés à la raréfaction des ressources naturelles, au changement climatique et au développement durable. Les gouvernements doivent garantir de bonnes conditions pour promouvoir l’innovation. Les responsables de l’innovation des Pays et Territoires d’Outre-mer de l’Union européenne, membres actifs d’OCTA Innovation réunis aux Açores, s’engagent à entretenir ces dynamiques.

Les gouvernements doivent prendre les devants en ce qui concerne l’innovation systémique dans tous les secteurs, en encourageant la création de partenariats entre des entités publiques et privées, ainsi qu’en promouvant le partage des connaissances et le renforcement des capacités. L’objectif est de mettre en place plusieurs centres d’excellence régionaux thématiques dans les PTOM, en particulier pour les secteurs où certains PTOM ouvrent déjà la voie, et d’assurer un partage de l’expertise entre les PTOM et avec les différentes régions.

Directeurs de l’Innovation: Anguilla, Bren Romney; Aruba, Bianca Peters; Bonaire, Dianne Boelmans; Curaçao, Fiona Curie; Groenland, Lars Balslev;  Iles Cayman, Jamaal Anderson; Iles Malouines, Michael Betts; Iles Turques et Caiques, Alexa Cooper-Grant; Iles Vierges Britanniques, Lizette George; Montserrat, Angela Estwick; Nouvelle Calédonie, Jean-Michel Le Saux; Polynésie française, Bran Quinquis; Pitcairn, Leslie Jaques; Saba, Menno Van der Velde; St. Barthélemy, Pascal Peuchot; St. Hélène, Niall O’Keeffe; St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, Olivier Gaston; St. Eustatius, Roy Hooker; St. Maarten, Jude Houston;  Wallis et Futuna, Carole Manry.

Chef de projet d’OCTA Innovation, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck: innovation@octa-innovation.eu

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EU-Polar Net: linking Europe and the Polar regions

EU-Polar Net: linking Europe and the Polar regions

EU-PolarNet aims to improve co-ordination between EU member polar research institutions building on existing networks to create a resource orientated infrastructure access and usage plan. EU-PolarNet will develop an integrated EU Polar research programme by identifying short and long-term scientific needs and optimising the use of co-ordinated Polar infrastructure for multi-platform science missions whilst fostering trans-disciplinary collaboration on Polar research.

The online platform is sharing various documents and projects, including those factsheets:

The Greeland Institute of Natural Resources is one of the 22 partners of the consortium.

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A Greenland-Nunavut Creative Collaboration

A Greenland-Nunavut Creative Collaboration

[Nunatsiaq Online] Take some musicians who have never met and put them in front of hundreds of people. To expect a brilliant performance would be to expect bottled lightning or canned heat.

But that’s exactly what Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory plans to do at an upcoming free concert launching Iqaluit’s portion of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games March 9 at Iqaluit’s Nakasuk elementary school at 7:30 p.m.

To prepare, Greenland and Nunavut musicians will rendezvous in the territory’s capital a few days before the concert to meet and orchestrate an evening of cultural exchange, celebration of shared roots, and — most importantly— raucous jamming.

“There is so little opportunity for this kind of cultural exchange and it’s especially awesome to have it with Inuit, sharing their musicality and sharing their language,” Williamson-Bathory said.

Williamson-Bathory, alongside Iqaluit business owner and former civil servant Victor Tootoo, were appointed by the Arctic Winter Games host society to serve as cultural ambassadors for the games in Iqaluit.

And Williamson-Bathory is tasked with curating Iqaluit’s portion of the festivities.

Celebrated Greenland songwriters Jaakooq Joelson, Jaaku Sørensen and percussionist Jens Nielson will team up with Igloolik’s Joshua Haulli, Iqaluit’s Charlie Panipak and the Inuksuk Drum Dancers for the special one-off performance at Nakasuk school.

Full article here

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Hydropower: Generating clean economic growth in Greenland

Hydropower: Generating clean economic growth in Greenland

Hydropower creates clean energy, jobs and economic growth in Greenland. In the past, energy in Greenland was generated in diesel-driven power plants, which require costly imports of fossil fuel and at the same time are the biggest single contributor to the island’s greenhouse gas emissions. Like in several other OCTs involved in OCTA Innovation, a strong push away from fossil fuels is needed.

Greenland has been replacing its diesel power plants with hydropower plants – using its vast resources of glacial meltwater to generate lower cost hydropower and reduce the country’s fuel imports and greenhouse gas emissions.

The latest of these renewable energy projects is a 22.5 megawatt (MW) hydropower plant for the town of Ilulissat on the west coast, the third largest community in Greenland with a population of 4,541 as of 2013. The plant replaces an existing diesel-driven power plant and will provide electricity for the town and the local district heating network.

As a result of this and other hydropower projects, 70% of Greenland’s electricity is now generated by emission-free hydropower. According to Mr Palle Christiansen, Greenland’s Minister of Finance. “It is unrealistic that we will ever reach 100%, but our aim is that wherever it is possible to produce renewable energy, we should rely on that for electricity.”

In addition, Greenland is introducing small wind power parks in order to supply energy to those areas inaccessible by electricity cables.

It is great news that an OCT has such significant sustainable energy capacity.

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Greenland’s higher education institutions in Brussels

Greenland’s higher education institutions in Brussels

Representatives of the Greenland School of Minerals and Petroleum and the Rector of University of Greenland were in Brussels on 30th November for discussion of the achievements and goals of their institutions.

The presentations drew the European Union’s attention the role that these major bodies play in bringing about innovation to the island’s economy and society.

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Greenland’s Farmers Torn Over Tapping Pristine Land for Mineral Riches

Greenland’s Farmers Torn Over Tapping Pristine Land for Mineral Riches

People in Kujalleq and other parts of southern Greenland are torn between the prospect of becoming a powerful mining region or of remaining a pristine wonderland of nature and farms. Some, however, say it can be both.

This New York Times article tells the story of those farmers who live in an area sitting atop extraordinary mineral resources: gold, nickel and zinc, as well as the rare-earth elements that are used in smartphones, electric cars, precision-guided missiles and televisions.
original article

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Atelier régional de l’innovation à Sint Maarten , 5-7 Octobre

Atelier régional de l’innovation à Sint Maarten , 5-7 Octobre

Atelier régional des Caraïbes aura lieu 5-7 Octobre 2015 au Sint Maarten. L’objectif principal de l’activité est d’améliorer PTOM et OCTA ses capacités et d’assurer un meilleur échange d’expérience et d’expertise dans l’innovation en rassemblant les GI et d’autres parties prenantes à des ateliers régionaux et une conférence de projet, ce qui contribuerait à faciliter le développement, l’accès et la mise à jour d’un réseau d’innovation efficace.

Atelier Sint Maarten sera assisté par les gestionnaires et les parties prenantes de l’innovation à partir de 15 PTOM (Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, Îles Vierges britanniques, les îles Caïmans, Curaçao, îles Falkland, du Groenland, de Montserrat, Saba, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Hélène, Ascension, Tristan da Îles Cunha, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten et îles Turques et Caïques), et les intervenants régionaux à partir de Trinidad, la Barbade, la Guyane, ainsi que de l’Union européenne.

L’accent devrait être fait sur la entrepreneuriat, en particulier sur les micro et petites entreprises actives dans l’économie bleu et vert; sur la protection de la biodiversité et sur la création de l’ensemble des mesures politiques pour soutenir la croissance économique tirée par la connaissance et l’innovation dans les PTOM.

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Greenland’s sustainable development

Greenland’s sustainable development

In October 2013 the Council of Nordic Trade Unions and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) undertook series of meetings with stakeholders in Greenland. The objective was to explore perspectives on and expectations for sustainable development, including how political leaders and policy-makers are working to ensure that foreign direct investment will generate positive environmental, social and economic externalities in the coming years.

The consultation took into account the international interest in Greenland’s petroleum, minerals, metals and rare earth resource potential. The authors recommend to strengthen the skills and experience to handle large-scale investments. They advocate for developing investment incentives and business linkage facilitation in not only the extractive sectors but also in other potentially lucrative industries, including Arctic research and development, water and ice, tourism and hospitality, hydropower, sustainable fisheries, information technologies, arts and crafts.

In addition, the Arctic strategy 2011-2020, coordinated by Denmark, gives the political framework for the future.

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Greenland National Day in Brussels

Greenland National Day in Brussels

[23 June 2015] Seminar – Greenland in the Arctic “Economic diversification & sustainable development” – took place in Brussels on the occasion of Greenland National Day.

Minister for Industry, Labour, Trade and Foreign Affairs in the Government of Greenland, Mr. Vittus Qujaukitsoq, presented his views on how to create an attractive climate for investment to foster growth in trade, business and jobs in Greenland. He was followed by a presentation on a state of play on investment in the oil and mineral sector, by Minister for Finance and Mineral Resources, Andreas Uldum.

Following the seminar, the Greenland Representation hosted National Day Reception at which Chef Jeppe Ejvind Nielsen (Hotel Arctic, Greenland) presented a taste of the cool Arctic waters.

For full picture story visit our Storify of the day https://storify.com/OCTA_Innovation/greenland-national-day-in-brussels

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