COMMONS

Environment, energy and industry in the High North examined

20 January 2017

Scottish Affairs Committee begin their inquiry into Scotland and the High North with evidence from the WWF and experts in Arctic policy and law.

Witnesses

Wednesday 25 January 2017, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

At 2.15pm

  • Professor Rachael Lorna Johnstone, Author and academic
  • Dr Dwayne Menezes, Director, Polar Research & Policy Initiative
  • Rod Downie, Polar Programme Lead, WWF–UK

Purpose of the session

The session will examine the UK's current policy in the Arctic region and how Scotland's interest are reflected in this.

It will also address some of the conflicting challenges that lay ahead:

  • How can the impact of climate change be mitigated and the Arctic environment protected?
  • What are the energy and industrial opportunities in the area and what role should Scotland play in the development of them?
  • What is the UK’s current defence capability for northern Scottish waters, and is it adequate for modern threats?

Chair's comment

Ahead of the session, committee chair Pete Wishart commented:

"The Arctic region, economically, environmentally and politically, is likely to play an important role in Scotland’s future.

This inquiry will set out to establish if UK policy has been developed to grasp the opportunities that may present themselves, and whether they are in Scotland's best interests."

Further information

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Video: Parliamentary copyright

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