During the 3 – 6 of December, Institute of the North, Anchorage, will host a workshop that will address transportation challenges in an increasingly busy Arctic.
Increased resource extraction to support economic and community development and increased shipping traffic through Arctic waters have resulted in the corresponding need for an increased capacity to respond by sea and air. Arctic ports and airports serve as an important base for response, acting as a gateway to support SAR, resource extraction and development activities, pollution prevention and environmental safety, and community health and security.
The Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group approved a project during the Swedish Chairmanship (co-led by the United States and Iceland) to assess transportation infrastructure. The Arctic Marine and Aviation Transportation Infrastructure Initiative (AMATII) seeks to evaluate Northern infrastructure – ports, airports, and response capability – by inventorying maritime and aviation assets in the Arctic.
As part of this project, the Institute of the North is hosting an Arctic transportation infrastructure workshop 3-6 December at the Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavik, Iceland. The theme is “Response Capacity and Sustainable Development in the Arctic.” Invited participants include policy makers and government officials; aviation and marine subject matter experts from the private, public, independent and academic sectors; as well as community leaders and Permanent Participants.
More information about this can be found here:
Magnus Gudmundsson and Martin Skedsmo will participate in this workshop, and there will also be a brief presentation of the Arctic SDI project.