Nordic-Russian Programme for Environment and Climate Co-operation

The Programme for Environment and Climate Co-operation (PECC), managed by Nefco, provided grant financing, with co-financing requirements, to encourage and promote Nordic-Russian non-commercial co-operation projects addressing environment and climate at regional and local levels in Northwest Russia. PECC has been cancelled due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

PECC-1 project examples

First large-scale monitoring project reveals microplastics in Lapland waters

Snowchange Cooperative in Finland received financing from Nefco to lead environmental monitoring in the Arctic regions of Russia, Finland and Norway – a large-scale project ‘Waters of Health’ implemented in 2020-2021. The information collected will make a significant contribution to knowledge of the biodiversity and aquatic health of the area. The project was financed by the Nordic-Russian Programme for Environment and Climate Co-operation (PECC)

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About PECC

The Programme for Environment and Climate Co-operation (PECC), managed by Nefco, provided grant financing, with co-financing requirements, to encourage and promote Nordic-Russian non-commercial co-operation projects addressing environment and climate at regional and local levels in Northwest Russia. The programme formed part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ (NCM) efforts as regards co-operation with Russia at the start of 2016. О Программе ПЕКК на русском языке

Due to Russia’s invastion of Ukraine in February 2022, PECC was cancelled by the Nordic Council of Ministers and therefore financing through the programme is no longer available.

The purpose

The purpose of PECC was to contribute to an improved status of the environment and climate in Northwest Russia and indirectly lead to improvements in the Nordic and Baltic countries and the whole Barents Region by financially supporting the implementation of relevant co-operation projects at the regional and local levels in Northwest Russia, for instance, in the following fields:

  • Use of renewable energy sources
  • Energy saving and improved energy-efficiency
  • Cleaner production and sustainable consumption
  • Sustainable city and land-use planning
  • Protection of nature
  • Waste management and hazardous waste

The programme promoted the establishment of networks, exchange of experiences and capacity building and mutually benefitting co-operation in the field of environment and climate. Related support for investments in equipment, technology and infrastructure can also be included in the financing. The programme also contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Projects completed under PECC-1

The first call for proposals, or PECC-1, was launched in spring 2017. In total, nine projects were implemented and completed by the end of 2018.

Among the Nordic Lead Partners, Finnish organisations had four projects, Swedish three, and Norwegian and Danish: one each. In terms of the types of entities, universities and research institutions were the most common types. Project activities were carried out in Arkhangelsk Oblast, the Komi Republic, Leningrad Oblast, Murmansk Oblast, the Republic of Karelia, and in St Petersburg. Several NGOs took active part on the Russian side.

The implementation of the PECC projects resulted in a number of important reports and scientific as well as practical results of high value.

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Contributors to the PECC

The Programme was financed jointly by the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) and the Barents Hot Spots Facility (BHSF) and managed by Nefco.

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