The Institute of the North invites you to a Workshop
Private Sector Transportation Infrastructure and Assets:
Response Capacity and Development in the Arctic
Wednesday, May 29 • Opening Reception • 7 PM to 9 PM
Thursday, May 30 • 8 AM to 5 PM •
World Trade Center, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
The December 2012 Arctic Transportation Infrastructure workshop in Reykjavik highlighted the need to better understand non-state transportation infrastructure and assets. The Institute of the North invites you to be part of a follow-up discussion focused on the private sector and industry response capacity, with an emphasis on assets deployed and infrastructure developed in the Arctic.
Private sector interests are a primary driver of current and future activity. At the same time, it is important to recognize industry’s role in the responsible development of resources, response and supportive infrastructure. Industry leaders, technical experts, researchers, Coast Guard and other response personnel from around the Arctic will attend this important forum, the results of which will be incorporated into ongoing Institute of the North work, including a web-based mapping of northern infrastructure. This particular supplementary effort, while outside the Arctic Council auspices, compliments the Council’s work.
Participants will discuss three critical areas:
• Private sector and industry assets and infrastructure in the Arctic – what’s there, what’s
needed and evaluation measures
• Loose infrastructure – staging areas outside the Arctic that support Northern development
• Mobile assets – vessels and technology that are difficult to map but need to be measured for
As part of an Arctic Council project inventorying and evaluating maritime and aviation assets in the Arctic, the workshop in Reykjavik noted that Arctic ports and airports serve as an important base for response, acting as a gateway to support search and rescue efforts, resource extraction and development activities, pollution prevention and environmental safety, as well as community health and security. A fresh look at non-state assets is now warranted.
Posted: December 17, 2012