The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has commissioned the mapping, which is conducted by the Dolphin Geophysical company.
The results of the mapping which will not be made public, Petro.no reports.
It is the vessel ”Artemis Atlantic” which is collecing the data from the area. The vessel will later this summer be replaced by the ”7-Oceans” and ”Sursum Corda”. The operations reportedly started on 18th July and will continue until 15th September.
Norway claims sovereignty over the shelf around the Svalbard archipelago. That position, however, is disputed by most other countries, among them neighboring Russia.
Svalbard is governed based on a treaty from 1920. The agreement grants Norway sovereignty over the archipelago, but certain conditions apply, among them the signatory states’ equal right to engage in economic activities on the area.
Norway argues that the treaty’s provisions of equal economic access apply only to the archipelago’s territorial waters, but not to the wider Exclusive Economic Zone and the continental shelf.
The Barents Region has some of the last large 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.
During his three years in the Federation Council, Konstantin Dobrynin became a vocal critic of current political trends in Russia. Opponents will sigh of relief as he now exits the legislative assembly.