«Arctic Frontiers — 2018»: Looking for a balance between business, commercial activity and environment
From January 21 to 26, the 12th annual international conference "Arctic Frontiers" was held in Tromsø, Norway. Politicians, businessmen and scientists met to discuss prospects for the development of the Arctic territories at the sites of a major international forum. The event gathered about three thousand registered participants from 35 countries.
In her speech at the plenary session, the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Ine Eriksen Søreide, noted two important trends in the Arctic: accelerating climate change as a result of events outside the region, and increasing business growth.
The Minister stressed that the main task for today is to find a balance between business, economic activity and environmental concern.
In the framework of the forum and near-forum events, issues of international cooperation, business development, in particular shelf projects, alternative energy sources, fisheries, digitalization, shipping and etc., and the preservation of the Arctic environment for present and future generations of people, preservation of the traditional image life of small indigenous peoples of the North, as well as the issues of legal regulation of economic activities in the northern latitudes.
Important issues of biomonitoring in the Arctic were also touched upon. In the section organized by the AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program), new scientific reports of the organization (https://www.amap.no/documents/18/scientific/21) were presented, related to the study of the impact of climate change in the Arctic on the state of ecosystems . John L. Fugelstad, Deputy Executive Secretary of the organization, formulated the main directions for improving the systems of international Arctic biomonitoring.
As part of the NArFU delegation, the head of the Arctic Biomonitoring Laboratory Tatyana Sorokina and the head of sector Andrey Aksenov took part in the forum.
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