The development of new activities in the Arctic region is seen as a major and promising economic opportunity.
Large scale changes in regression of sea-ice coverage can be anticipated leading to new areas for human uses (fisheries, transport and oil and gas production, large infrastructural developments and cities).
As also prices for natural resources and raw materials are rapidly increasing, it is a challenge for mankind to exploit the abundant resources in the Arctic in a sustainable manner.
Wageningen University & Research is building alliances with public and private parties to provide tools for an integrated impact analysis for environment, safety and social impact of new economic activities. The area around the developing harbour in Moermansk, Russia is chosen as showcase to determine the best way to manage and reduce the risks of large scale adverse environmental, safety and socials effects.