BarentsObserver reported, the Northern Sea Route office will be responsible for the organization of procedures for shipping in the area, including the introduction of security and environmental measures. The office staff will handle applications for sailing along the route and monitor weather, ice and navigation conditions in the area.
The Barents Region has some of the last largest areas of intact natural woodlands in Europe. Scientists, bureaucrats and environmentalists from all four Barents countries cooperate on preserving the forest, but an international initiative is needed.
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.