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23 September 2011


The focus of the AMSA is marine safety and marine environmental protection, in accordance with the Arctic Council’s mandates of environmental protection and sustainable development. Based on the findings of the AMSA, recommendations were developed to provide a guide for future action by the Arctic Council, Arctic states and others. The AMSA recommendations are presented in three broad themes that are fundamental to understanding the AMSA:

23 September 2011

Sealhunting in the arctic

The most recognised explanation of sustainable development can be found in the introduction of the so called Brundtland Report of 1987, where it is defined as the idea, “[…] which implies meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

23 September 2011

Oil rig

It is safe to say that the Arctic is one of the most fossil fuel laden areas in the world, even though massive exploitation has still not begun. In addition, other non-renewable resources are also immense; e.g. nickel, diamonds and gold.

23 September 2011

shipping mining

The Arctic has in recent years, been subject to a manifold growth in its geo-strategic importance due to its rich natural resources of fossil fuel and military-political reasons. In addition to that, the Arctic faces tough challenges concerning global security and environmental issues.

23 September 2011

Boats in the ice, Uummannaq, Greenland

Although most scientists agree on that the globe is becoming warmer, predictions on how rapidly Arctic ice will retreat often varies greatly amongst them.

23 September 2011

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Iceland will seek cooperation with Russia to develop its geothermal energy projects. Vastly resources of geothermal resources in Iceland are being utilized but the next steps are somewhat unclear.

23 September 2011

Prince Albert II of Monaco

Signatories to the Kyoto protocol should continue greenhouse gas emission cuts after its first period expires in 2012, Prince Albert II of Monaco said in Arkhangelsk yesterday at the second international forum The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue.

22 September 2011

Barents Sea

Russia's Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev confirmed this morning in Arkhangelsk at the second international forum The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue that Russia will begin geological exploration of the promising Barents Sea shelf located on the border with Norway in 2012.

21 September 2011

arctic sea ice Extent 2011

Reports have been coming in during the summer of 2011 that the summer melt-down has reached a new record low since the beginning of satellite data record ranging back to 1979 as well as other recorded data ranging back to the 50's.

21 September 2011

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson talking to Vladimir Putin

Archangelsk in Russia is the place to be this week. Hosting the Arctic Forum, the city also sports the biggest fair of the year this week, the famous Margaritinskaya fair.

20 September 2011


A final investment decision for the megaproject in the Shtokman gas field is expected in December. The Shtokman field is located 550km offshore Russia in the Barents Sea.

19 September 2011

Mayor Edward Itta from North Slope Borough

The Northern Research forum hosted the 6th NRF Open Assembly in Hveragerði, Iceland, in September. Arctic Portal broadcasted live from the event.