The MIKON flagship program in the Fram Centre is using both social and environmental sciences to examine how High North industrial development will affect the natural world, regional societies like the Sami and economic activity.
The Russian government looks set to extend its list of sectors protected against foreign investors. According to a draft bill, foreigners will be allowed into publishing houses, the Internet and fisheries only with special state permission.
Norwegian authorities have cancelled its planned court case against the Russian trawler Elektron. The Russian fishing vessel in late 2005 managed to run away from the Norwegian Coast Guard after having been arrested for illegal fishing.
The Norwegian and Russian coast guards have decided to develop a joint database with information on vessels engaged in illegal fishing. -This will make it easier to catch the violators, head of the Coast Guard in northern Norway, Mr. Steve Olsen says.
Russian electricity major RAO UES will over the next five years invest 10,5 billion RUB (280 mill EUR) in electricity grid development in the Komi Republic. Power consumption in the region is expected to increase with as much as 80 percent over the next seven years