Natural Resources Council in Attu receives the Nordic Council Environmental Award, 2018

Representatives of the Natural Resources Council in Attu have just received the Nordic Council Environmental Award, 2018. The award of 350,000 crowns was presented at the Nordic Council Award Gala in Oslo's Opera House. The award is given in conjunction with the 70th Session of the Nordic Council in Oslo, where parliamentarians, Prime Ministers, some other Ministers and leaders of the opposition from all over the Nordic countries meet to discuss political issues.


Naalakkersuisoq for Nature, Environment and Research Siverth K. Heilmann states:


"On behalf of the entire Naalakkersuisut, I would like to congratulate the Attu Natural Resources Council on receiving the Nordic Council Environmental Award. I am proud that the Nordic Council recognizes, the Natural Resources Council’s important work and way of cooperating. Greenland receives the award, because we here are at the very forefront. The Natural Resources Council has shown how citizens, authorities and researchers can combine their knowledge and work closely together, to achieve the best results for the benefit of nature and living resources. It is a big and proud day for our country, and I am pleased that the project is now known throughout the Nordic region. Thus, helping to lead the way, for further cooperation between researchers, authorities and locals, both in our own country and now throughout the Nordic region. "


Natural Resource Council in Attu consists of, hunters and fishermen. They are given the Nordic Council's environmental award for their efforts to document observations of nature and contribution with extensive local knowledge and proposals for management measures. The Natural Resources Council in Attu has established a social community that promotes dialogue and cooperation between citizens, researchers and administrations, for the benefit of the marine environment. The award will be used to continue the Natural Resources Council in Attu's important work. There exist several natural resources councils in Greenland under the public PISUNA program, which was established in 2009. PISUNA aims to strengthen the involvement of citizens in the documentation and management of the environment and living resources in an easily accessible and innovative manner. The initiative has inspired similar projects in countries such as Finland and Russia. The method can be extended to many other countries and industries, at sea and on land, both inside and outside the Arctic, to the benefit of nature and environment.


Read more:

Read more about the award of the Environmental Award atthe Nordic Council’s website.

Read more about PISUNA.  

Observations and recommendations from PISUNA’s natural resources council are available in PISUNA-net database.


Greenland was nominated for three Nordic Council awards in 2018:

Nordic Council Environment Award: Natural Resources Council in Attu

Nordic Council Music Award: Georg Olsen

Nordic Council Literature Award: Magnus Larsen


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