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New Chances and New Responsibilities in the Arctic Region

New Chances and New Responsibilities in the Arctic Region by Georg Witschel
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The Arctic in the 21st century is exposed to multiple challenges. Global warming will have far-reaching repercussions, and thus will open up new opportunities. The melting of the ice enables the exploitation of resources and the use of new shipping routes, which were not accessible up to now. However, these opportunities require new responsibilities, which have to be taken seriously. These developments in the Arctic partake an increasing position in the international environmental discussion. The present book contains a comprehensive analysis of the current problems with regard to the Arctic region. It highlights contributions and conclusions of the Conference on New Chances and New Responsibilities in the Arctic Region, held in Berlin from 11-13 March 2009 and organized by the German Federal Foreign Office in cooperation with the Foreign Ministries of Norway and Denmark. The conference addressed the challenges for environment, societies and research, new prospects for resource exploitation and maritime traffic, and emerging questions of an international governance frame work for the Arctic. The contributors are leading Arctic experts from the fields of politics, diplomacy, business, science and civil society.
The book represents a most valuable tool for all those in politics, academia, private sector or civil society, who seek to understand the problems of the Arctic and aim at participating in addressing the challenges the region faces in a time of climate change
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Title: New Chances and New Responsibilities in the Arctic Region
Author: Georg Witschel; Ingo Winkelmann; Kathrin Tiroch; Rüdiger Wolfrum

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