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“A Real Find to Researchers”: Environment Discussed in Svanvik, Norway

Researchers and environmentalists from Northern Norway discussed the state of the environment in the border areas as part of the annual seminar held in Pasvik. The Troms and Finnmark regional governments’ representatives along with the analysts of the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) and the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) presented the outcomes of an environmental monitoring program implemented in the area of the Community of Svanvik. Overall, experts believe that the situation in the Barents region is improving.

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How nature reserves and industrial facilities coexist in the Barents Region
What do the protected territories of Stora Sjöfallet in Sweden, Lomsdal-Visten in Norway, Martimoaapa in Finland, and Russia’s Kivach Preserve have in common? All of them neighbor mines and quarries. Their coexistence is not always a peaceful one: for instance, the Stora Sjöfallet National Park has lost most of its waterfalls owing to the construction of a hydro-power plant.
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How nature reserves and industrial facilities coexist in the Barents Region
In Norway, quartz is mined in the vicinity of the Tanamunningen Nature Reserve. In Sweden, the Muddus National Park neighbors the Malmberget mine, while in Russia, the Apatit plant is located just next door to the Lapland Nature Reserve. In Finland, the Lampivaara mine operates right inside the Pyhä-Luosto National Park.
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China goes to the Arctic
Kirkenes requires Chinese investment to secure its role as an international transport hub and a tourist Mecca. However, locals fear the prospect of their city’s becoming a “Polar Chinatown”
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Dr. Masloboev: “Environmental Disaster Is Not Bound To Happen”
Dr. Vladimir Masloboev claims that the forecast end of the world is not actually coming, and gives an outlook of the environmental situation in the Barents Region.
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