Norwegian conference looks at development in Barents Region

The future of transport, shipping and industrial development was discussed at a Norwegian conference this week.  (Saul LOEB / AFP)
The future of transport, shipping and industrial development was discussed at a Norwegian conference this week. (Saul LOEB / AFP)
A four-day conference on Arctic ports in wound up on Thursday in Narvik, Norway.

The international conference was organized by the Port of Narvik, Ocean Futures and the Maritime Forum North, to discuss issues around trade, shipping and industrial development in the Barents region of the European Arctic.

Transport Ministers from the four Barents region countries: Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway, held a meeting in connection with the conference.

On Friday, Eye on the Arctic will bring you a story on what Canada might learn from the Barents region.

But today, we bring you a feature interview with two of the conference organizers, Rune Arnøy of the Port of Narvik and Arnfinn Jørgensen-Dahl, a Senior Research Fellow at Ocean Futures, a research institute that focuses on the world’s oceans and polar regions.

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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