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Four more Hot Spots excluded during the Swedish Chairmanship


Barents Environment Ministerial Meeting was held 4-5 February in Luleå, Sweden. ​

At the meeting, Finland took over the Chairmanship of the Working Group on Environment (WGE) from Sweden. The Swedish Chairmanship was ended with exclusion of four Hot Spots from the Hot Spot List. The removed Hot Spots included Koryazhma branch of Ilim Group JSC, and enterprises of pulp and paper as sources of dioxin pollution in Arkhangelsk region, Sewage treatment in the Republic of Karelia, and Mondi Pulp and Paper Mill, wastewater discharge in the Republic of Komi. 

Read more about the Hot Spots in English and in Russian.

The full list of Barents Hot Spots is available here.

During the meeting, the ministers reaffirmed their commitment to implement the Paris Agreement, and acknowledged the need to raise collective ambition in 2020 to be in line with the goals of Paris Agreement. Climate change, loss of biodiversity, and pollution of the environment were discussed as the most serious environmental challenges in the Barents region.

As possible future measures in tackling these issues were acknowledged protecting the natural ecosystems, a shift to green, resource efficient circular economy, and emission reduction of short-lived climate pollutants such as black carbon.


Swedish Minister for Environment and Climate, Isabella Lövin, handed the Chairmanship stick to Finnish Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Krista Mikkonen. The key themes for Finland's Chairmanship are a carbon neutral circular economy, protecting biodiversity, and climate change. 

See the Declaration of the Ministerial Meeting in English and in Russian

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