ACTION PLAN 2021
Nordic Atlantic Cooperation (NORA) promotes green, competitive and socially sustainable development in the North Atlantic by facilitating and initiating collaboration amongst relevant stakeholders in the North Atlantic part of the Nordic Region. NORA’s 2021-2024 strategic programme reaffirms that NORA is as a project-funding, agenda-setting and alliance-creating organisation; the strategy identifies the thematic priorities of NORA’s work.
This action plan lays out the strategy’s activities for 2021. This is the first action plan in the 2021-2024 strategy period. The Faroe Islands holds the chairmanship of NORA in 2021 and has chosen to focus on the development of regional tourism.
1. TWO APPLICATION ROUNDS
Project funding is an important tool for NORA to achieve the objectives of the strategy. Starting in 2021, applications and the subsequent processing will all take place on-line. The deadlines for the two application rounds in 2021 will be 8 March and 4 October.
2. MARITIME TRANSPORT
NORA intends to focus on climate-change mitigation in the maritime sector. This work will be facilitated by a network of maritime educational institutions and competence centres in the NORA area.
Common to all the NORA constituents is that ships in the broadest sense account for a large proportion of fossil-fuel consumption. Land-based firms and land-based transport forms have, to a greater or lesser extent, begun to undertake climate-change mitigation efforts. To some degree, the same is true of maritime-oriented industries. NORA would like to help spread information about this development.
NORA will establish a network that permits collaboration amongst educational institutions and competence centres as a way to encourage maritime schools to focus on climate-change mitigation. Specifically, it is NORA’s goal that this message reaches the people who will crew new generations of vessels and who will thus have a say in decisions about how they are powered. The hope is that they primarily choose green power solutions.
3. RURAL TOURISM CONFERENCE
By choosing tourism as the subject of the conference, NORA is seeking to draw attention to one of the industries that has been hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is unrealistic to expect that tourism can return to its pre-pandemic format, and we must therefore rethink or recreate the industry. NORA’s focus in this respect will be on rural tourism.
The conference, which is expected to take place in the autumn of 2021, will deal primarily with the experiences of countries and regions that have seen their tourism industry rebound after a period of decline. The conference is currently intended to be carried out solely by NORA, but, if other relevant stakeholders, such as Scotland, the Northern Periphery and Arctic Program or other Nordic stakeholders are interested, it can be held in collaboration with them.
4. NORTH ATLANTIC DATA CHALLENGE (DIGITAL HACKATON)
The North Atlantic Data Challenge is a hackathon for young people from the NORA area and NORA’s western partners. The theme is issues facing rural health services. Participants will primarily be between the ages of 18 and 30.
The goal is to find good digital solutions that can be applied in sparsely populated areas.
The project is expected to involve the participation of partners in Scotland, the US and Canada.
5. NAUST (NORTH ATLANTIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY)
NORA will continue its efforts to identify North Atlantic stakeholders and Nordic firms, institutions and other organisations that may be interested in collaborating on the following three overarching projects:
1. North Atlantic coastal culture
2. Sustainable marine economy
3. Institutional collaboration on bioeconomy (food labs)
Furthermore, NORA will seek to identify whether on-going or new projects dealing with relevant Nordic topics can contribute to the NAUST strategy. NORA will draw on this work as it compiles the initial NAUST progress report.
6. NORA’s 25TH ANNIVERSARY
NORA celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2021. To mark the occasion, a reception to promote NORA and our activities will be held in Copenhagen during the Nordic Council’s 2021 session (1-7 November).
7. NORA’S SUCCESS STORIES
The purpose of the project is to illuminate / describe the influence NORA has had in the development of the North Atlantic region. This will be done using historical narratives that feature NORA playing a significant / critical role in a successful development.
The primary products will be text, images and films available on NORA’s website and on social media platforms.
8. CONTINUED COOPERATION WITH SCOTLAND
The partnership with Scotland’s Highland and Islands Enterprise will mainly entail collaboration on individual projects. This means that NORA projects will be open to the participation of Scottish organisations. In cases in which a topic is relevant for Scotland, the Highland and Islands Enterprise will find potential participants and assist with funding for Scottish participants.
Efforts are underway to identify new areas of collaboration with Scotland.
9. OTHER PROJECTS IN WHICH NORA IS INVOLVED
1. Large Ocean Nations Forum 2 (LON2): A forum in which small island nations with large maritime jurisdictions discuss and exchange experiences with blue growth. NORA is responsible for the Blue Fashion Challenge event.
2. Green Energy in Isolated Areas, year 2: The project aims to demonstrate full-scale renewable energy solutions for small communities. Examples include an electric boat used in the aquaculture industry and a system that uses seawater and wind to deliver heat to a hamlet.
3. NorMar Ports, year 3: The project aims to bring North Atlantic port cities together in partnerships that can promote green energy, bioeconomy and tourism.