In the Lapland’s Arctic Specialisation Programme (S3) 2013 maintaining the sustainable development was
foundation for the strategic choices and priorities.
Lapland lives out its natural resources and natural conditions, so the ability to maintain balance in
sustainable development is a key issue in view of its survival. It is challenging to maintain preconditions for
sustainable development under Arctic conditions. Special challenges are posed by the broad international
interest shown towards natural resources. In Lapland, the future business investments will, in one way or
another, be based on the sustainable utilisation of natural resources and conditions, and on increasing the
In practice, sustainable development in Lapland means sustainable societal development. The cornerstones
of societal development are economic, ecological, social and cultural sustainability, whose mutual balance
creates preconditions for socially sustainable development and safe living. Efforts have been taken to ensure
balanced development in Lapland, with a view to addressing the needs of the whole region.
In the updated S3 (Lapland and Arctic and International Highflier, The strategic priorities for International and
Smart Specialisation 2018-2022) Sustainable regional development is built on three priorities Advanced
Arctic business, Arctic knowledge and expertise, and Strong regional Ecosystem (see Infographic
downloaded). Again the sustainable development categories are there laying the foundation for all planned
actions to develop arctic businesses.
Advanced Arctic business –foundation for the growth. Arctic Circular Economy – Arctic Industry and circular
Economy Cluster. Towards a low-carbon and resource-efficient circular economy in the Arctic
Lapland has systematically aimed at building practices and co-operation models to increase the utilisation of
industrial and societal side-streams. Regional co-operation and an open, network oriented approach have
brought actors together to identify the development needs and potential of industrial circular economy.
During the work, a systematic model of the process has been created. At the same time, different tools have
been developed to promote the utilisation of industrial and societal side-streams, the industrial symbiosis,
and the circular economy in a business-oriented manner in the context of an extensive collaboration
Circular economy is one of the strongest fields of potential expertise in Lapland. This development has
created a foundation for new entrepreneurship activities based on the management of industrial sidestreams.
Managing the non-industrial side-streams in areas with long distances presents its own challenges.
The systematic development of efficient solutions and practices has made Lapland a nationally and
internationally respected expert. To strengthen Lapland’s position as an international actor, measures that
support this development will be needed in the future, as well. The goal is to incorporate comprehensive
management of the circular economy into all business activities.
Lapland region, just like other european regions, is in the process to develop overall Master plan for the SDGs taking into account the Arctic Specific Conditions for the new programming period 2021-2027.
The Lapland’s Arctic Specialisation Programme addresses the following SDGs:
*SDG 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
*SDG 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment
and decent work for all
*SDG 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
*SDG 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
*SDG 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage
forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss