Protect The High Seas From Harm

Nature published an article titled, “Protect The High Seas From Harm” The article reads in part as follows;

“In a rare diplomatic breakthrough — and good news for marine scientists and conservationists around the world — nations agreed in 2016 to protect a huge area of ocean off the coast of Antarctica from commercial fishing and other harmful activities. That success came only after years of failed discussions. It was followed by another positive step: in December, Arctic Council countries decided not to fish industrially in the Arctic Sea.

As the Arctic Melts, Nations Race to Own What’s Left Behind

The Revelator published an article titled, “As the Arctic Melts, Nations Race to Own What’s Left Behind” The article reads in part as follows;

“Geopolitics in the Arctic are quickly becoming incompatible with the physical and social realities of the region.

According to NASA, the average amount of Arctic sea ice present after the summer melting season has shrunk by 40 percent since 1980. Winter sea ice has also been at record lows.

As melting ice frees up once-inaccessible sections of the frozen Arctic Ocean, the seven nations around it will have to negotiate new borders — a series of decisions that has the potential to alter the Arctic landscape and make life harder for its people and wildlife.

ARCTIC COUNCIL SENIOR ARCTIC OFFICIALS’ MEETING

AMAP released the schedule for the Senior Arctic Officials Meeting.

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Russia’s Arctic Strategy: An Analysis of the Role of Diplomatic, Cooperative, and Domestic Policies

The Arctic Institute released an article titled, “Russia’s Arctic Strategy: An Analysis of the Role of Diplomatic, Cooperative, and Domestic Policies.” The article reads in part as follows;

Interview: Finland’s ambassador sees understanding of climate change as top concern in Arctic

XINHUANET published an article online titled, “Interview: Finland’s ambassador sees understanding of climate change as top concern in Arctic.” The article reads in part as follows;

“While the vision of accelerated development in the Arctic region is close at hand, Finland’s Arctic ambassador Aleksi Harkonen said Monday the biggest challenges concerning the international cooperation on Arctic issues were related to the climate change.

In an interview with Xinhua, he described the challenge was in “how to make the Arctic perspectives better known in the global efforts to mitigate climate change, how to help the Arctic inhabitants adapt to the expected changes, and how to make the Arctic communities more resilient to meet the challenges posed by the warming climate”.

In Brief

The Arctic Sounder published an article titled, “In Brief.” The article reads as follows;

“The third-annual Tribal Governance Symposium is coming to the University of Alaska Fairbanks later this month.

‘We want to push boundaries in conversations and work together to find solutions to challenges facing Alaska Native communities and advance tribal governance’, said First Alaskans Institute’s Alaska Native Policy Center Director Andrea Sanders, in a release. Sanders helps organize the conference alongside UAF faculty.

This year’s title and theme is Land-Water-Life, and will feature keynotes by a member of the Lake and Peninsula Borough Assembly, the president of the Igiugig Tribal Village Council and a Māori iwi negotiator from New Zealand.

Is There a Dark Side to Arctic Cooperation?

World Policy Blog published an article titled, “Is There a Dark Side to Arctic Cooperation?” The article reads in part as follows;

“The changing seascape in the Arctic has considerable implications for human activity in the region. While efforts are underway to develop new frameworks, particularly in terms of shipping and transit, some of these policies might also create challenges and sources of discord.

The Future of the Arctic (part one)

Huffington Post published an article titled, “The Future of the Arctic (part one).” The article reads in part as follows;

“Because the ocean is so wide, deep, and dynamic, sometimes it is best to look inside the larger perspective and examine the conditions and challenges of one area that, indeed, might stand for all. One regions that serves, of course, is the Arctic, the full circumpolar Arctic Ocean with all the diverse conditions, resources, and needs that are both specific and generally representative of the many issues faced elsewhere.

Canadian Naval Chief Underlines Challenges of “New Oceanic Age”

American Journal of Transportation posted an article titled, “Canadian Naval Chief Underlines Challenges of ‘New Oceanic Age.’” The article reads in part as follows;

“A high-ranking commander of the Canadian Navy has proclaimed the advent of ‘a new oceanic age’ characterized by surging maritime commerce, global power politics, the impact of climate change in the Arctic region, and the challenges for the United States especially of China’s expanding involvement.

Rear Admiral Art McDonald, Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific, Royal Canadian Navy, presented a sweeping overview of developments on the world’s oceans during a keynote address to the Sept. 19-21 Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities in Vancouver.

MITC office joins the Arctic Economic Council

Mainebiz posted an article titled, “MITC office joins the Arctic Economic Council.” The article reads as follows;

“The Maine North Atlantic Development Office at Maine International Trade Center is one of three new members of the Arctic Economic Council.

MENADO is the first AEC member coming from the lower 48 states in the United States.

The Arctic Economic Council is an independent organization based in Tromsø, Norway, that facilitates Arctic business-to-business activities and responsible economic development through the sharing of best practices, technological solutions, standards and other information. It supports market accessibility and provides advice and a business perspective to the work of the Arctic Council.