Cover Osteuropa 2-3/2011

In Osteuropa 2-3/2011
Teil des Dossiers Arktis

The Arctic’s Raw Materials
Potential and Deposits

Hilmar Rempel

Deutsche Fassung


The Arctic has significant potential in natural gas, oil, and other raw materials. The development of fields requires enormous investments and technical skill. The predicted decrease in ice in the wake of climate change could benefit the exploration for and extraction of these raw materials. However, due to the sensitive ecological system, the highest environmental standards are to be applied. The greatest share of deposits is located in areas whose legal status has been clarified. The idea of a conflict over the resources is exaggerated. In fact, the situation lends itself to the joint extraction of resources.

(Osteuropa 2-3/2011, pp. 113–128)