24 - 29 January 2016, Tromsø, Norway
The Arctic is a global crossroads between commercial and environmental interests. The region holds substantial natural resources, many actors are investigating ways to utilise these for economic gain. Others view the Arctic as a particularly pristine and vulnerable environment and highlight the need to limit industrial development. Arctic communities have, throughout history, found different ways of utilising natural resources for subsistence and industrial activity. However, with globalisation and economic shifts several of these communities struggle to uphold an economic base for their inhabitants.
The current low prices of raw materials may reduce investment, however new, emerging technologies and production concepts may turn the table. Arctic Frontiers 2016 will discuss the balance between resource utilisation and preservation, and between industrial and environmental interests in the Arctic. Envisioning a well-planned, well-governed, and sustainable development in the Arctic, how can improved Arctic stewardship help balance environmental concerns with industrial expansion? How can the industrial footprints be minimised in future business activities? And last but not least, what role will existing and emerging technologies play in making industrial development profitable and environmental friendly, and thus help secure a sustainable growth scenario for Arctic communities?