Laurentic Forum for 'Sustaining coastal communities'

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The conference connects every year communities in Atlantic Canada and the Northwest of Ireland to build and promote collaboration opportunities.
23 October 2019 - ERNACT  project
Laurentic Forum 'Sustaining Coastal Communities' annual event has taken place today in Buncrana (County Donegal, Ireland), held by Ulster Canada Initiative in conjunction with Inishowen Development Parnership and working together in collaboration with regional stakeholders. 

The event is organised to remember the lives lost and the survivors of the sinking of the HMS Laurentic in 1917 at Lough Swilly with the loss of 354 lives. Furthermore, this conference serves to connect the Northwest of Ireland with Newfoundland. Talking about the Laurentic Forum, the main organiser and Chairperson Ulster Canada initiative, Don McNeill, says: "We have built on our shared history to achieve economic cooperation and benefits for the cross-border region of the Northwest of Ireland and Newfoundland". 

The event welcomes every year a Canadian delegation that creates new opportunities to collaborate and build meaningful alliances. Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Nicholas Crossan adds that, "this annual forum is now a landmark event in our calendars and a powerful catalyst for collaboration and development in the North Atlantic region".

Strengthening the cooperation bridge
Every year, ERNACT participate in the Laurentic Forum by presenting the work carried out to connect Europe and Atlantic Canada through funding programmes like Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme. This year, ERNACT General Manager Colm McColgan has chaired a session to overview networking opportunities with the NPA Programme. 

During the session, Ciaran McGrath and Jonny McNee, from Derry City and Strabane District Council, have shared their expertise with the audience. On the one hand, Ciaran has exposed some low-carbon energy solutions for cities and communities in Ireland. He has also explained the benefits of exchanging energy experiences and pilots between different parts of the NPA area to accelerate achievement of EU low carbon energy targets. On the other hand, Jonny has presented one of the pilots that Derry and Strabane could implement thanks to the ERNACT led IMPROVE project and transnational cooperation and exchange of experience with Norway, Sweden, and Finland.

"Thanks to the NPA programme, ERNACT got funding to develop 3 projects in which Canadian partners are participating. W
e are reaching a wider audience and network of potential collaboration partners and we are achieving better involvement of stakeholder groups and bigger impact of projects’ results", mentions Ianire Renobales, Digital Communications Officer at ERNACT. 

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the ERNACT network's members. Together, with the rest of the ERNACT core partners, we are building a bridge of cooperation between Atlantic Canada and European regions in which ERNACT operates. 
Session led by ERNACT during Laurentic Forum.

Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT for further information

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