The purpose of the Barents Environmental Hot Spots Information System
is to provide due continuously updated information to stakeholders,
decision makers and the general public and serve as a tool for those
involved in the process of excluding the environmental hot spots.
In 2005, the Ministers of Еnvironment of the
four Barents countries - Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden - defined
the goal to start launching investment projects in all of the Barents
environmental hot spots by 2013 with the aim of eliminating these hot
In 2010, a procedure for exclusion of the 42 environmental hot spots was presented to the
Ministers of Environment.
Read about improvements at Barents Hot Spots from the 2017 Fact Sheet !
Publication on environmental co-operation in the Barents Region
NEFCO has, together with the Finnish Ministry of
the Environment and the Barents Euro-Arctic Council released a
publication named "Hot Spots - Tackling environmental challenges in the Barents Region". (11/2013)
Press release (4.12.2013): Three sites excluded from the Barents environmental “hot spots” list.
Press release (11.10.2011): Progress in Exclusion of the Barents Environmental Hot Spots