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Reducing Risks and Increasing Environmental Security in Arctic Waters

How can the Nordic Countries Enhance Cooperation?

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Available online: https://pub.norden.org/temanord2020-506/ Abstract [en]: The Arctic is undergoing rapid climate change, and the shrinking sea ice opens up possibilities of exploring more of the Arctic Ocean for economic development, including new sea routes. Maritime activity and particularly commercial shipping, including cruise ship tourism, cargo transportation and fishing vessels, is projected to increase substantially. There are evident risks to human safety and environmental security related to an increase of shipping in the Arctic. This report focues on how the Nordic countries can together work towards increase environmental security in Arctic waters and reduce risks associated with increased shipping activity in the region.

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Conclusion and recommendations

In conclusion, the research undertaken during the course of this report, including surveys, interviews and desktop studies, suggests that there is room and potential for enhanced Nordic cooperation in risk mitigation in Arctic shipping, including joint strategies with allocated budgets.

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