Discover the achievements of the NPA projects

Seven years of cooperation between people, communities, and organisations across thousands of kilometres made a difference in the Northern Periphery and Arctic regions.

Browse the NPA map of results to discover our stories of cooperation. Pick a dot from the map and scroll down to read  about people who have met similar minded colleagues and together found solutions for their shared challenges.

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Upskilling locals

Teaching locals how to maintain tourists sites

Icelandic partners developed an extensive training course for rangers, volunteers, local authorities, and the general public to bring new knowledge on habitat restoration and construction of upland paths or tourist sites. Apart of the theoretical knowledge, the participants worked directly in several sites, one of which was Eldhraun, a lava field covered with thick moss. The Environmental Ministry of Iceland has welcomed these courses and decided to adapt their structure and main focus, thus securing funding and making the legacy of ASCENT project having significant impact on national policy making in Iceland.


Guðrún Lárusdóttir

The Agricultural University of Iceland

The University has worked with SCSI´s ASCENT team, and the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, on developing and running short programs for locals around Iceland, on design and constructions at tourist sites, including footpaths. The focus has been on general footpath work, local material use, traditional crafts, and habitat restoration. The courses have been well attended and the collaboration with the Ministry ensures that the programs will remain available.