Min-North (Development, Evaluation and Optimization of Measures to Reduce the Impact on the Environment from Mining Activities in Northern Regions) is a trans-national cooperation project between universities and research institutions with expertise within mine waste management, mine water treatment and in applied geophysics and geochemistry.

The goal is to reduce the environmental impacts of mining in the northern regions by developing, evaluating and optimizing environmental methodology and technology. Min-North is financed by the EU program Interreg Nord.

Project partners:University of Oulu (UO - WREE research unit and CPE research unit), Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) and Luleå University of Technology (LTU - project leader). Furthermore, local SME and mining companies in the region are also actively involved in the project activities. The project will run for 36 months and it has started on the 1st of January 2016.

The project activities have been divided in 6 work packages (WP) which are described in the diagram below:


The university of Oulu is responsible for WP4. The research work will be conducted by two research units. The Chemical Process Engineering (CPE) group is the lider of the biosorbents task while the Water Resources and Environmental Engineering (WREE) group is responsible for the treatment wetland task.


Overall enquiries:
Elisangela Heiderscheidt, Researcher
Treatment wetland:
Heini Postila, Researcher
Tiina Leiviskä, Senior Researcher




Last updated: 29.1.2020