Regions as Arctic developers – sustainable development through multilateral cooperation

Organized by Troms County Council, Norway 17. August 2016

How can regions play a substantive role in achieving sustainable development of the Arctic?

The European Arctic with its approximately 4 million inhabitants and ice-free coastline is very different from other areas of what is considered “Arctic.” Cutting-edge research together with favorable geographic and climatic conditions put ocean industries, space and cold climate technologies at the forefront of development in the region. Research-driven businesses in particular put Northern Norway in a unique position.

Cooperation between science, business and the political sphere is an important supporter of development, as well as regional and multilateral cooperation within structures such as the Barents Euro-Arctic Region and the European Union.

This session will explore how the inhabitants of the Arctic can develop their own Arctic regions sustainably. At the same time, it will highlight regional and multilateral cooperation areas, the potential of cross-border and cross-sectorial partnerships, and business opportunities in the European Arctic.

Photo by Mia Bennett / Cryopolitics