Green cities and settlements ENPI project

The project aimed to encourage the development of green cities and settlements in remote border areas. The bottom line of green urban and rural settlements is to create the smallest possible ecological footprint and to produce the lowest quantity of pollution possible, while efficiently using land and providing a pleasant living environment.

Apart from providing a pleasant living environment, green settlements protect natural resources and the natural heritage as well as utilize the cultural heritage as a factor for development.

The project therefore promoted competitive capacity and the living standard in remote border areas through utilizing cross-border best practice approaches to spatial planning based on efficient utilization of local potential and environment friendly technologies.

Main activities – work packages

  • WP1 – Spatial planning of remote regions
  • WP2 – Urban and rural resource management
  • WP3 – Roadmap for a sustainable spatial development
  • WP4 – Cross-border networking
  • WP5 – Dissemination

Contact persons

  • Project leader: Eva Pongrácz, Docent, Dr.Tech., eva.pongracz(at)
  • Project manager: Niko Hänninen, Phil.Lic., niko.hanninen(at)

Project Partners

Russian Academy of Science, Karelian Research Centre

Joint Authority of Kainuu Region

Administration of Kostomuksha County

Karelian regional institute of management, economics and law (KRIMEL) of Petrozavodsk State University

Council of Oulu Region

Autonomous non-profit organization “Karelia Energy Efficiency Centre"

North Karelia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment



This project was co-funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland

Last updated: 1.12.2020