International Resources and Recyling Institute (IRRI) www.irri.org.uk were the Lead Partners of the RECENT project, and lead the C4CA project. IRRI are based in the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland, with RECENT also being represented in Ireland (Mayo County Council and CLAR ICH), Northern Ireland (Action Renewables), Finland (Oulu University) and Sweden (Jokkmokk Municipality). Through this online campus, RECENT is able to ensure that the outputs and impacts of the project, are spread across the whole of the NPA geographical territory.
The Northern Periphery and Arctic region is characterised by a high quality but fragile natural environments and a rich cultural heritage. However, local communities in the region are also faced by the impacts of major global trends, such as climate change impacts on people, and rapid economic and environmental changes such as large-scale industrial projects. The scale of the challenges faced is often beyond the scope of the individual communities to cope with on their own, and requires a wide range of competences and expertise.
RECENT also looks to develop and support a change of attitude as well as behavioural change in relation to innovation processes, entrepreneurship and market behaviour among communities in the low densely populated areas outside the regional centres. This will also enhance capacity and preparedness in local and regional communities to handle the risks connected to climate change and large scale exploitation of natural resources.