Today Arctic Frontiers hosted a dialogue meeting with regional stakeholders in Northern Norway and State Secretary in the Norwegian MFA Marit Berger Røsland and State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation Grete Ellingsen. The purpose of the meeting was to provide regional stakeholders with the possibility to give input to policy making in Arctic Norway.
The participants from the R&D sector was UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø, Food Research Institute Nofima, Akvaplan-niva, the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Fram Centre. Representatives from regional government was Troms County Council and Tromsø municipality and business actors present at the meeting was the Norwegian Seafood Council, Rambøll, NHO, KSAT and Hurtigruten. The regional newspaper Nordlys as well as High North News also participated, highlighting the importance of having a media voice from the north taking an active role in the communication about the north. Arctic Economic Council, the Barents Secretariat, Arctic Frontiers, the regional teater Hålogaland Theater as well as the regional platform Agenda Northern Norway were also present at the meeting.
The participants at the meeting highlighted the importance of future development of the natural resources in the Arctic being informed by a sound and scientific knowledge base.
The event was moderated by Gøril Johansen, Norwegian MFA envoy to Arctic Frontiers.