The Norwegian Government’s High North Strategy (2006)

By Polar Research and Policy Initiative

In December 2006, the Norwegian Government’s High North Strategy was released. The overall goal is to create sustainable growth and development in the High North according to three overarching principles: presence, activity and knowledge. Seven main policy priorities are set out:

  • exercise authority in the High North in a credible, consistent and predictable way
  • be at the forefront of international efforts to develop knowledge in and about the region
  • be the best steward of the environment and natural resources in the High North
  • provide a suitable framework for further development of petroleum activities
  • safeguard the livelihoods, traditions and cultures of indigenous peoplesdevelop people-to-people cooperation
  • strengthen cooperation with Russia

The strategy aims at reaching these goals through increased international collaboration on resource exploitation, environmental management and research. An active dialogue with neighbours, partners and allies, and particularly with Russia is the main method.

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