Dear Readers of BarentsSaga,
In this issue of the BarentsSaga newsletter you can read about such topical issues as climate change, the first Barents Editors’ Forum and the biennial Barents rescue exercise. Climate change affects the High North and eventually also us in one way or another. No wonder that this global phenomenon hits the headlines so often in the media. Climate change has numerous consequences. The Barents Euro-Arctic Council has drawn up an Action Plan on Climate Change which is neither a binding nor a mandatory document, but which is a contribution to efforts in other international fora. The Action Plan is expected to be adopted at ministerial level still in 2013. You can also get to know Mr. Harald Dovland, the person behind the Action Plan who was engaged by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment to deal with this task.
You can read also about the Barents Mediasphere project on cooperation of the press, radio, television and news portals in the Region. The report of the Barents Rescue 2013 is almost thrilling reading - like watching a speedy horror film! Finally, you can learn what kind of a communications survey has recently been made by the Arctic Centre in Rovaniemi. In my opinion there is a great deal of edifying reading in this issue of the BarentsSaga, I hope you enjoy it!
Ari Sirén, Head of the International Barents Secretariat
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Harald Dovland, Henna Haapala, Markku Heikkilä, Roy Hojem, Angelina Kochegura, Stéphanie C. Lefrère, Jenni Lintula, Thomas Nilsen, Ari Sirén, Kari Viertola and Arto Vitikka.
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