Natural resources

Energy -Fishery - Forest and forestry - Oil & gas

The Barents region is extremely rich and has great economic potential, with vast natural resources and unique environmental values. Major investments are under way in new oil and gas fields in the Barents Sea. Apart from the wide tundra areas, there are extensive forests in the southern parts of the Region. The main coniferous species are pine and spruce. The most productive forests can be found in the southern parts of the region. The Barents region is also very rich with minerals.

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Energy links

International energy links

  • Energy Planet - site takes users on a journey through time to learn about the long history, present, and future of energy. The site takes the user on a journey through time, beginning with ancient cultures and their methods of utilizing energy. All modern forms of energy are explained in detail, and specific modern components, such as fuel cells, batteries, and generators are taken apart piece by piece and explained in detail. Future forms of energy are explored.
  • Energy tutorial - an overview of energy sources and environmental issues.
  • International Energy Outlook - energy forecasts. World energy consumption is projected to increase by 54 percent from 2001 to 2025. Much of the growth in worldwide energy use is expected in the developing world in the IEO2004 reference case forecast.
  • Statistical Review of World Energy 2006 , by BP


Fisheries worldwide are declining and cod is a sad example of how insufficient fisheries management can cause a total collapse in fish stocks. Cod was once important for people’s livelihood and was very abundant in the North Atlantic marine ecosystem. Now, the large cod stocks in North America and European waters are almost gone. Today, the cod stock in the Barents Sea is the last remaining of the large cod stocks. Today’s management of this stock is not sustainable in the long term.

Globally, the demand for seafood is growing, and diseases like mad cow and bird flu have pushed this trend even more. Consumers and markets are now showing an interest in where and how the food is produced and therefore, increasingly the question is asked if the fish comes from a sustainable fishery.



  • New map showing areas of mineral potential and mining in Fennoscandia
    The Metallogenic Map of the Fennoscandian Shield shows areas of metal deposits and probable future metal ore discoveries in the Fennoscandian Shield. The map has been produced for use as a tool in selecting strategic areas for mineral exploration as well as for research in economic geology.