The volume addresses the major challenges to international cooperation for the development of the Arctic in view of the rapid growth in exploration and utilization of natural and environmental resources and transport connectivity between Europe, Asia, and North America. Major policy and management options that may be needed for ensuring sustainable development, strengthening resilience, for adaptation, and for transformational changes in the Arctic are discussed. The book covers the contemporary issues of international cooperation on the sustainable development of the Arctic in the formats of the Arctic Council, Nordic Council, and various trans-Arctic interactions between Nordic and Arctic countries (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the USA) and non-Arctic actors (China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the EU member states). Specific implementations of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, China-Nordic and other cross-regional diplomatic models and formats of economic collaboration are concerned. The publication also addresses the perspectives and major challenges of the investment collaboration and development and commercial use of trade routes in the Arctic. The effects of climate change in the region are discussed in view of the biodiversity, sustainable fisheries management, and food and nutrition security. The book also discusses the current situation of the Arctic tourism and analyses the feasibility, challenges, and corresponding suggested measures of the Arctic tourism cooperation between Arctic and non-Arctic countries.

The book is structured in five sections and 28 chapters, which address various formats of international collaboration in the Arctic; challenges and opportunities of economic development and exploration of the region; utilization of maritime transport routes in the Arctic Ocean; sustainability-related issues of climate change, environmental management, and regional development; and food and nutrition insecurity concerns in the High North. The book has been contributed by the respected experts representing eight countries of Europe and Asia and 30 research institutions, universities, and organizations.

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