The Norwegian Government will set aside 1,7 million euro annually over the next three years to strengthen cooperation on international polar research. The funding will be administered by the Research Council of Norway in conjunction with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg made this announcement in connection with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the successful attempt by Roald Amundsen and his crew to be the first to reach the South Pole on 14 December 1911. The funding will be earmarked for enhancing collaboration between Norway and other countries on polar research.
Flora, fauna and entire ecosystems are being increasingly affected by the rapid changes in the polar areas arising from climate change. Two consequences of the ice melt are greater access to natural resources and new opportunities for shipping traffic in these areas. International interest is growing dramatically.
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