North Karelia Biosphere Reserve


July  2014

North Karelia Biosphere Reserve - Pohjois-Karjalan biosfäärialue


"listen to you!"

world listening day celebrated in north karelia july 17-18, 2014 


HIKUMA_LOGO2.jpgA live concert with field recordings and a discussion on North Karelian soundscapes is held at the glass terrace of Restaurant Teatteriravintola in Joensuu at 6 p.m. on the Eve of World Listening Day on Thursday July 17, 2014. Free admission! 


World Listening Day events organized by North Karelian entrepreneurs are held at the botanical garden Botania, New Valamo Monastery, and Apajalahti conservation area in Rääkkylä on Friday July 18, 2014. The purposes of the World Listening Day are to raise awareness of our acoustic environments and to focus on both familiar and new environments by listening to them. This year's theme "Listen to You!" encourages people to listen to the sounds they themselves create in their environment.


The events are organized in cooperation with the "Silence and Listening as Resources of Tourism Expertise in North Karelia" project at the University of Eastern Finland. Read more about the World Listening Day events (in Finnish) or the project.



read the summer magazine of the biosphere reserve!




The summer magazine of the Biosphere Reserve has been published again. Read about travelling, cross-border cooperation, tips on activities, and current issues of the environment and sustainable development.


Read the magazine in Finnish here!





new project partners


Future Missions Inc., Innotek Inc., Nordic Koivu Inc., Simana Inc., Idän Valo Inc., and Hyväntekijä Osuuskunta were accepted by the steering committee of the North Karelia Biosphere Reserve as new project partners on May 9, 2014. The companies share a commitment to enhancing sustainable development and taking environmental viewpoints into account in their businesses. North Karelia Biosphere Reserve welcomes all new partners!



Read more about the new project partners from

their webpages:

Future Missions Oy

Innotek Oy

Nordic Koivu Oy

Simana Oy

Idän Valo Oy

Hyväntekijä Osuuskunta


Hyväntekijä Osuuskunta shop is located in Taitokortteli, the Arts and Crafts Quarter in Joensuu. All the products are available in the online store. Hyväntekijä Osuuskunta was founded by Riitta Nyberg. The products contribute to various elements of sustainable development and many of them have an international dimension. Have a try!



progress of The green belt of fennoscandia


rajavyöhyke_300.jpgAn international Green Belt of Fennoscandia Dialogue Forum will be held in Kuusamo on November 19-20, 2014. All the stakeholders of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia from Finland, Norway and Russia will come together for the first time in the Forum. The Green Belt guidelines to year 2020 composed in the last year will be presented and the future of the partnership between the stakeholders will be planned in the Forum. Mark the date in your calendar!


A national  committee meeting of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia was held in Joensuu on March 18, 2014 and a Karelian committee meeting on June 2, 2014.


Here's an invitation to the Forum and more information on the Green Belt of Fennoscandia on the webpages of the Ministry of the Environment.



travel eco-efficiently in karelia!


matkaile_PIENI.jpgEco-Efficient Tourism (ENPI) project has published a book on the eco-efficient practices of travelling. Travel Eco-Efficiently in Karelia uses as examples businesses in North Karelia and the Republic of Karelia. 


An international tourist route known as the Blue Road links the target areas together. Eco-efficiency means savings and a way of thinking both for businesses and travellers. The book's tips on eco-efficiency can be applied at home, as well. The key destinations in North Karelia are located in Ilomantsi and Lieksa as well as Joensuu and Liperi.


Eco-Efficient Tourism (ENPI) project is funded by the European Union, Finland and Russia through the ENPI Karelia program.


Download Travel Eco-Efficiently in Karelia in Finnish!



"bear in mind"

bear sculpting world championship in ilomantsi august 20-23, 2014



An international group of wood sculptors will compete in the first ever Bear Sculpting World Championship in Ilomantsi on August 20-23, 2014. The Bear Sculpting Championship lasting for 25 hours will be held on August 20-23 and a Quick Carve Competition on Saturday, August 23.


The participants in the 25-hour Bear Sculpting World Championship will spread out in the Ilomantsi town centre offering the spectators up-close views of the way wood changes shape into the king of the forest. More bears will be made on Saturday in the two-hour Quick Carve Competition at the outdoor arena at Katri Vala Culture Centre. 


Read more about the Championship!



 community park clean-up party at ilosaari july 14, 2014


A Community Park Clean-Up Party was held at Ilosaari in the Joensuu town centre on Monday July 14, 2014. Volunteers and divers picked up trash and junk on the shorelines. Snacks were provided for the volunteers at Kerubi.


The park clean-up party was organised by Ilosaarirock Festival with its project partner Beverage Partner Finland Inc. A community clean-up party is a natural part of the sustainable development partnership between Ilosaarirock Festival and North Karelia Biosphere Reserve.




Other issues concerning the Biosphere Reserve

-What's a Biospere Reserve?

-Biosphere Reserve Network and its benefits

-Man and Biosphere Programme

-Biosphere Reserve Steering committee



-Projects by the Biosphere Reserve

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