A new book!

A new book! Together with Dr Dwayne Ryan Menezes of the Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI), Dr Nikolas Sellheim edited a book entitled Non-state Actors in the Arctic Region. The book is the first of its kind to address the multitude of non-state actors that exert their influence in the Arctic, in Arctic governance, …

The effects of the war in Ukraine on Arctic environmental cooperation

The effects of the war in Ukraine on Arctic environmental cooperation Introduction On 24 February 2022 Russia's president Vladimir Putin launched an unprecedented attack on its neighbour Ukraine. Justifying this attack, Putin claimed the need to demilitarise and to de-nazify the country. But in his statement in the early morning of this historic and sad …

Faroese government announces evaluation of the dolphin drive of 12 September 2021

The dolphin drive that took place on 12 September 2021 and which sparked international outcry is to be evaluated, as the Faroese government announced on 16 September. In the statement, the government makes clear that in light of the sheer size of the pod - two times larger than the second largest pod recorded - …

Would the establishment of an International Sharks Commission make sense?

Introduction In my post from 26 August (here) I showed that many of the world's shark species face conservation concerns, based on data collected by the IUCN. This begs the question whether shark management and conservation efforts in its current form are sufficient or effective enough to ensure long-term conservation and sustainable use of these …

Die FDP – Umweltschutz als Beiwerk marktwirtschaftlicher Politik

In Nie gab es mehr zu tun. hat die FDP einen Entwurf für ihr Wahlprogramm vorgelegt. Grundsätzlich spielt der Umweltschutz in dem Programm keine übergeordnete Rolle, sondern wird durch Forderungen für Steuersenkungen, Digitalisierung und, im Allgemeinen, der Stärkung des Wirtschafts- und Bildungsstandortes Deutschland ersetzt. Nachhaltigkeit als Grundlage In dieses Narrativ werden allerdings Gedanken und Konzepte …

The Saami Council’s Arctic Strategy — Partnership, Education and Advocacy

The Saami Council released the Sámi Arctic Strategy during the EU Arctic Forum in Umeå, Sweden, in early October 2019. It is the second Arctic indigenous people's strategic document, which has been released, following the 2016 Inuit Declaration on Arctic Sovereignty. While structurally and in scope different, these two documents demonstrate the increasing role indigenous …