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