About Arctic Development

New technologies in Arctic ecosystems should be considered at the design phase for two reasons:
1. To create opportunities to search for those designs that involve environmental benefits in combination with reasonable investments
2. New and sustained technology implies a higher grade of legitimacy for Arctic operations.

The reduction of sea ice coverage in the Arctic Region covers two sides. On the one hand a sensitive ecosystem is reduced in size drastically, while on the other hand an enormous economic potential becomes available. Important economic challenges in the Arctic Region include the development of oil and gas reservoirs, the Northern Sea Route, fisheries and the development of harbours.  

An example is The Northern Sea Route. It offers a multitude of opportunities for shorter shipping routes, implying reduced costs. At the same time enormous investments are needed in new shipping technologies that can withstand the harsh Arctic circumstances. Examples of new technologies and activities centred around shipping are ballast water treatment, new shipping lanes, navigation and search & rescue facilities.

The impact of new technologies on Arctic ecosystems should be considered at the design phase for two reasons. The first reason is to create opportunities to search for those designs that involve environmental benefits in combination with reasonable investments. The second reason is that new and sustained technology implies a higher grade of legitimacy for Arctic operations.

To realise the potential of opportunities for sustained Arctic Development, Wageningen University and Research centre is taking the lead to build international alliances with industries, governments and NGOs.