The Barents Region is one of few remaining areas with a relatively pristine natural environment: this implies a high quality of life, but it also entails a great responsibility.
Most of the European Arctic is biologically richer and more productive than other Arctic areas because of the warming effects of sea currents and air masses. Despite low population density, the areas are influenced by several heavy industrial activities. Continued human habitation and economic development in the Barents Region can only be possible if its fragile ecosystem is used in a sustainable way.
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Hornøya, uninhabited island in Vardø Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. Photo: Arto Vitikka.