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Barents Success Stories successfully presented on the highest level


Talking Barents panel, moderated by the Head of IBS, gathered full room during the second day of the International Arctic Forum in St. Petersburg on 10 April

Ivanov-panel.jpgSergey Ivanov participated in the panel. Photo: 

After a short introduction of the structure and the scope of Barents Cooperation, made by Tomas Hallberg, Special Presidential Representative Sergey Ivanov opened the session with a review of the Barents Euro-Arctic region, which has built unprecedented expertise in cross-border cooperation between the northern territories of Russia and the Nordics. Arctic Ambassadors of Russia and Sweden Nikolay Korchunov and Bjorn Lyrvall both stressed in their speeches that Barents Cooperation is truly unique and a regional success story.

No wonder that the panel was formed by the highest representatives on the regional level from all four BEAC member countries, presenting successful examples of cooperation projects in their home regions. Also the Head of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat Lars Georg Fordal contributed in the discussion citing numerous people-to-people cooperation projects supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

All regional leaders had a chance to tell their stories of success to the audience. The event was also widely followed by mass media. One of the most discussed topics was a new initiative to re-establish dialogue between the experts in finding solutions to regulate the populations of large carnivores in the region. The Governor of Västerbotten Magdalena Andersson was recently hosting a seminar on Barents predators. After a lively discussion on the stage the Governor of Arkhangelsk region Igor Orlov invited the colleagues to continue discussions on this topic in Arkhangelsk.

The link to the Talking Barents panel in St. Petersburg:


Traditional family photo of the panelists. Photo: 

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