Environment

Working Group on Environment     


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The Barents Region is becoming a strategic region for Europe. Its natural resources and new transportation routes will change the global map on resource use and transportation. Barents Region is proud of its clean environment, large intact natural areas and unique indigenous culture in Europe. An important challenge, thus, for the prosperity of the region is to promote responsible, sustainable and environmentally sound economic activities.

The Working Group on Environment (WGE) covers a wide spectrum of issues and deals with both strong priorities of the Barents Cooperation and major environmental challenges. The work is therefore organized in subgroups and prioritized themes: Barents environmental Hot Spots, nature protection, water issues, cleaner production and environmentally sound consumption. In addition, the Regional Working Group on Environment carries out cooperation projects between the Barents regions and works in close co-operation with the WGE and its subgroups.

WGE Chairmanship 2018-2019 is held by Sweden. Read more about the Swedish Chairmanship of the WGE in the Working Programme in English and Russian.


Subgroups of the WGE

Events and Meetings

Activity Reports and Work Programmes

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Working Group on Environment in Kjerringøy, September 2017


Vacant position at the IBS

The IBS has a vacant position as Climate, Environment and Hot Spots Advisor for one year, from the beginning of September. Click "Read more" for full advertisement.

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Internship at the IBS - hiring now!

The International Barents Secretariat in Kirkenes now welcomes internship applications for autumn 2018. Click below for more information.

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