SUPER:Sustainability Under Pressure: Environmental Resilience in natural and cultural heritage areas with intensive recreation (KA5033)    

2-year SUPER project focuses on 4 unique UNESCO natural and cultural heritage sites in the Republic of Karelia and Finland:


The project aim is to deal with weak or uncertain environmental resilience of the unique pilot territories with the high recreational load.

The sites are attractive and visited by numerous tourists, which makes their environmental resilience vulnerable to the intensive recreation side effects. Moreover, there are issues of the weak infrastructure and poor knowledge about environmental risks, sustainable development, waste management and traditional landscapes support.



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Lead partner/Association "Centre for Problems of the North, Arctic and Cross-border Cooperation" (North-Centre) :

Alexandra Smirnova

Alexandra Efimova

Partners contacts:

Kizhi State Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography:

Tatiana Pavlova

Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences:

Pavel Petrov

Federal State Budget-funded Institution National Park "Vodlozersky" (FSBI National Park "Vodlozersky"):

Alla Gudym

Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Research Unit, University of Oulu:

Alexey Shveykovskiy

Metsähallitus, National Parks Finland:

Kyösti Tuhkalainen

Centre for Economic Development, transport and the Environment for North Karelia:

Timo J.Hokkanen