Announcement of chosen topics 2021

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We are happy to announce that our call for “topic areas where NVP may have a positive impact in the coming year” resulted in a total of ten proposals. It was of course hard to choose, but at the board meeting on March 11, 2021, the Board decided to select the two following topics for analysis in 2021:

Topic 1:

Problems of forming of more appropriate ways of economic activities in Arctic – ie based on interaction of unique indigenous practices and new technological opportunities (including housing, transportation etc). Proposer: Valeriy Kryukov. (Including Green shift and how new industries in the north will impact local economies. Proposer: Anatoli Bourmistrov). Board supporters: Grete K. Hovelsrud and Tina Bringslimark.

Topic 2:

Development of Norwegian policy for Svalbard. Proposer: Arild Moe. Board supporter: Bjørn Kaltenborn.

Moving forward

We now wish to establish two teams, one for each topic, to assess the status of research and policy action. The process will primarily be online, but if we are lucky we can meet in person at a workshop in the fall. The goal is to present our conclusions and recommendations at a public event in early 2022.

Members who wish to participate in one of the teams are asked to indicate this at the earliest convenience, but at the latest by May 1, 2021 to


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