Cross-border leadership in focus at Arctic Frontiers conference

23 January 2015
Despite weak current prices on oil and mining output, Arctic experts agree that multilateral solutions and leadership are crucial to developing the region. This was one of the key conclusions at the Arctic Frontiers conference held in Tromsø, Norway.
Neel Strøbæk, Group Director for Water and Environment at Ramboll, gave a keynote speech at the Arctic Frontiers conference on January 21, 2015

Neel Strøbæk, Group Director for Water and Environment at Ramboll, gave a keynote speech at the Arctic Frontiers conference on January 21, 2015

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During her Arctic Frontiers keynote speech, Ramboll’s Group Director for Water and Environment Neel Strøbæk emphasised that sustainable infrastructure development in the Arctic region hinges on solutions and leadership. She pointed out that cross-border decision competence and willingness are the most important risks to the development of the Arctic.

- The current activity level in the Arctic has taken a temporary dip due to declining prices on oil and output. Nevertheless, Arctic communities will continue to develop through the coming decades. These communities must continue to grasp new opportunities and prepare their cities and transport links for sustaining their societies and gear up for the future, says Neel Strøbæk.

Read Neel Strøbæk's keynote speech


Possibilities for Nordic cooperation explored

Nils Arne Johnsen, Ramboll's Arctic Director, attended a working lunch with Martin Lidegaard, the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs. Lidegaard investigated the possibilities for increased Danish-Norwegian cooperation on Arctic development.

- The long-term perspectives for Arctic development are very positive. If partnerships can be formed across borders and disciplines, the infrastructure in the Arctic region will improve in the future. This will benefit local communities, national governments and companies with a stake in the region while conserving the environment to the greatest possible extent, says Nils Arne Johnsen.


The 9th annual Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø is the most important forum for discussing Arctic challenges and opportunities worldwide. It was attended by 1,400 participants, including international policymakers, scientists, and businesses.

Read Ramboll's Arctic Newsletter (January 2015)

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