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Environmental and social changes in Saami and Nenets reindeer husbandry are sweeping the Barents region and more are expected.

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The Barents Region is the fastest growing, most densely populated and most developed part of the Arctic. That holds promise and poses challenges in a region that boasts big city life, burgeoning commercial opportunities and rich cultural traditions among Indigenous populations.

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Saami in the Barents Region

Sápmi, the traditional lands of the Saami people, lies in the northernmost regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. For many centuries, the main traditional activities of the Saami have been reindeer herding, fishing, gathering of wild plants and traditional art.

Innovation in the urban Arctic

The Barents is the most populated Arctic region. As LARS GEORG FORDAL writes, along with its unique geographical position and fragile environment, it is the perfect laboratory for innovation and sustainability.


Conservation in the Barents Region

The ecosystems of the Barents Region are diverse and include large areas of boreal forests or taiga, as well as vast areas of wetlands and tundra. BO STORRANK looks at how to protect and preserve these resources.

Driving sustainable economic development in the Barents

The Barents Region is a model for sustainable economic development in the North. TERO VAURASTE explains.

Challenges in the Barents Region

The Barents Region is the most developed, populated and fastest growing part of the Arctic. While climate change is a strong global force, other forces might be more important locally. TOM ARMSTRONG says these must be identified and assessed so we can fully understand the overall impact of cumulative change to take successful adaptation actions and promote greater resilience.

Improving governance

The Barents Sea region stands out as one of the better-governed eco-political marine regions. ALEXANDER VYLEGZHANIN and ORAN YOUNG tell us why.

The Circle is a magazine produced by the WWF Global Arctic Programme. Our goal is to inform decision-makers, scientists and the interested public about Arctic environmental and development issues.
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