Cover Osteuropa 4-5/2008

In Osteuropa 4-5/2008

Cooperation in the Barents Sea
Environmental Protection between Russia and Norway

Geir Hønneland

Deutsche Fassung


In the Barents region, Norway and Russia are in conflict over ecological issues. This involves fishing quotas and fishing equipment, the over-fishing of Atlantic cod, the clean up of radioactive waste left on the Kola Peninsula by the Soviet Northern Fleet, CO2 emissions and nuclear safety. In order to regulate these conflicts, bothcountries are working at the bilateral level and in transnational forums such as the Euro-Arctic Bar-ents Region. The results of such cross-border environmental protection efforts have been quite modest. The erratic actions of the Russian environmental authority and its break up under Vladimir Putin both limit environmentalists’ ability to act and weaken cooperation.

(Osteuropa 4-5/2008, pp. 447–458)