SUNRAISE - Sustainable Natural Resource Use in Arctic and High Mountainous Areas





SUNRAISE is a 36 months (2017-2020) Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the field of higher education project (K2) that aims to promote sustainable management of Arctic and high mountainous ecosystems in Bhutan, India and Russia (partner countries – PCs) through enhanced tertiary education linked to labour markets and wider stakeholder circles. This aim will be achieved through the following objectives:

1. To revise and upgrade selected BSc, MSc & PhD programs in PC higher education institutions to make them end-user-oriented & policy-relevant, and enhance opportunities for life long learning (LLL) education.

2. To develop SUNRAISE open education environment Platform (SUNRAISER) and online training services of the new generation (MOOC) for qualitative improvement of the education process and academic workflow support among universities and stakeholders across the PC and EU Member States.

3. To create sustainable feedback mechanisms to end-users, ensuring adaptive and practice-relevant teaching contents, knowledge co-production opportunities and stakeholder support to post-project course development and teaching.

4. To develop capacity for academic mobility, shared experimental facilities and joint research by PIs and beyond.

Achieving of these objectives will significantly enhance the quality of educational provision in partner countries, as the expertise of the whole consortium will become available to individual and group learners (including the students from other programs and, in particular, the learners from remote regions). PhD students will access research facilities at other partner countries through joint research arrangements and benefit from new methods and richer data for their thesis. Likewise, revision of research agendas PhD studies and integrating to them emerging problems and methods, will build teaching capacity at PC HEIs and motivate business and policy actors to engage in closer cooperation. The proposed vehicles for such engagement are national (Russia) and regional (India+Bhutan) SUNRAISE sector collaborative platforms to be set-up for the Arctic and High Mountainous Areas to create a “community of practice”.

The project partners:


  • Russian State Hydrometeorological University, St.-Petersburg
  • Gorno-Altaisk State University, Gorno-Altaisk
  • Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk
  • NGO Altai-Sayan Mountain Partnership, Gorno-Altajsk


  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Kumaun University, Nanital
  • Central Himalayan Environment Association, Nainital


  • Royal University of Bhutan


  • University of Bremen, Germany - the project coordinator
  • Salzburg University, Austria
  • Estonian Life Science University, Tartu, Estonia
  • Erda Research, Technology, Education, Rijswijk, the Netherlands
  • RZ. Research. Management. Communication, Lund, Sweden

Erda RTE will co-lead and co-lead WP4 on the development of SUNRAISE governance infrastructure, WP5 on QA, and WP6 on dissemination expoitation, and specifically contribute to:

•             In WG1.1 the end-user survey and analysis of its results

•             In WG1.2 development of options and strategies In WG2.1 the development of TOR and guidelines for e-learning and will guide the development of regulation and guidelines

•             In WG2.2 will lead the work on modernised research agendas and revision of “passports of PhD specialisations”

•             In WG2.1-2.3 with contents on adaptive governance and management, carbon accounting and sequestration, vulnerability and adaptive capacity assessment, policy mainstreaming, scenario-building, planning tools (including contribution to webinars and the textbook)

•             In WG6.2 ERTE will coordinate media coverage and international dissemination and development of the broader INTENSE network ; i twill set-up and host the initial project webpage.

•             In WG6.3 leads preparations to the event and sends speakers

•             In WG6.2 the development of sustainability plan.

•             In WG7.1-3 contributes to the project management.