Raising awareness about oil spill response in the Arctic marine environment
Organised by App4SEA, Northern Periphery and the Arctic Programme, European Union Regional Development Fund

The eyes of the world have been fixed on the Arctic region as the most potential source of unused oil and gas deposits and also as a shipping route between east and west. The wildest predictions about oil and gas extraction have not materialized yet, as the economic viability of such operations and the great technological challenges associated with it have been blamed for these shortcomings. However, there is definitely signs that shipping is increasing on the northern sea routes. One issue, which has not received as much attention in this context, are the challenges related to oil spill accidents. In January 2018, after studying the Arctic Ocean in multiple geographical marine areas, oil spill response (OSR) experts concluded in a 100-page technical report that natural climate conditions of the region are too challen-ging for the present level of OSR preparedness. There are still many technological limitations and no optimized strategies for oil spill abatement. Thus, OSR issues are and will stay of a relevant discussion.

“Arctic Preparedness Platform for Oil Spill and other Environmental Accidents, APP4SEA” is an EU-funded project, which addresses this issue and contributes to this discussion. The target group of the project is the authorities and other organisations involved in OSR issues. The project will draft recommendations and suggestions for them, but the project aims to reach wider circles as well. The project aims to raise awareness of the general public about this topic via implementation of the latest educational solutions: smart, interactive and youthful.

The project would like to use the Arctic Frontiers 2019 conference as an opportunity to reach out to those friends of the Arctic, who have a special interest towards the Arctic marine environment. Experts from the project partners - from Norway, Finland, Iceland and Scotland - will be able present their latest findings on the topic. The discussion will be built on three pillars: technology, environment, and education - for the Arctic marine environment. In addition to the presentations, the main project deliverable – interactive smart map – will be presented to the participants.

Tentative programme of the event is available by request.

More info about APP4SEA: http://app4sea.interreg-npa.eu/

Organised by App4SEA, Northern Periphery and the Arctic Programme, European Union Regional Development Fund

For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com

Arena Arena

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

14:30 - 16:30

Clarion Hotel The Edge - Arbeidskontoret 1

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Organised by App4SEA, Northern Periphery and the Arctic Programme, European Union Regional Development Fund
The eyes of the world have been fixed on the Arctic region as the most potential source of unused oil and gas deposits and also as a shipping route between east and west. The wildest predictions about oil and gas extraction have not materialized yet, as the economic viability of such operations and the great technological challenges associated with it have been blamed for these shortcomings. However, there is definitely signs that shipping is increasing on the northern sea routes. One issue, which has not received as much attention in this context, are the challenges related to oil spill accidents. In January 2018, after studying the Arctic Ocean in multiple geographical marine areas, oil spill response (OSR) experts concluded in a 100-page technical report that natural climate conditions of the region are too challen-ging for the present level of OSR preparedness. There are still many technological limitations and no optimized strategies for oil spill abatement. Thus, OSR issues are and will stay of a relevant discussion. “Arctic Preparedness Platform for Oil Spill and other Environmental Accidents, APP4SEA” is an EU-funded project, which addresses this issue and contributes to this discussion. The target group of the project is the authorities and other organisations involved in OSR issues. The project will draft recommendations and suggestions for them, but the project aims to reach wider circles as well. The project aims to raise awareness of the general public about this topic via implementation of the latest educational solutions: smart, interactive and youthful. The project would like to use the Arctic Frontiers 2019 conference as an opportunity to reach out to those friends of the Arctic, who have a special interest towards the Arctic marine environment. Experts from the project partners - from Norway, Finland, Iceland and Scotland - will be able present their latest findings on the topic. The discussion will be built on three pillars: technology, environment, and education - for the Arctic marine environment. In addition to the presentations, the main project deliverable – interactive smart map – will be presented to the participants. Tentative programme of the event is available by request. More info about APP4SEA: http://app4sea.interreg-npa.eu/ Organised by App4SEA, Northern Periphery and the Arctic Programme, European Union Regional Development Fund For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com Clarion Hotel The Edge - Arbeidskontoret 1

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