China, India, Japan and the European Union are all knock, knock, knocking on Arctic’s door. The question is expected to be a “hot-potato” when the member states of the Arctic Council get the Observer status applications on the desk at the up-coming Arctic Council meeting in Kiruna, northern Sweden, on May 15th.
Today, the University of Tromsø in northern Norway announced the establishment of a dedicated center for research on questions related to the law of the sea and other juridical topics regarding the role of international and national jurisdictions in the Arctic.
Some 15 experts on Arctic issues and Law of the Seas will be working with the new center. The Fridtjof Nansen Institute is partner. Funding comes from the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Foundation, also branding the name of the new initiative; KG Jebsen Center for Ocean Law.
“There is an urgent need to strengthen international research on the law of the sea, whether this is justified on environmental, nutritional or more political perspectives, says Kåre Romentveit, director of the Jebsen Foundation. He says an independent and strong research community could play an important role, especially international.
Professor Tore Henriksen with the Law faculty at the University of Tromsø will head the new center.
“Norway is a nation with large ocean areas, but without strong national expertise on maritime law. We will be studying everything from climate and environmental challenges in the Arctic to piracy and terrorist threats at sea,” says Tore Henriksen. He hopes the law in the future can be used to counter the negative impacts climate change will have on the seas. Another question is how fisheries and oil exploration can coexist.
The current funding of the center is valid for the coming six years period.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.