Conference on Indigenous peoples, environment and business 2012
Thon Hotel
13.00 - 18.00

What are the obligations for industrial companies operating outside Europe, and on indigenous peoples’ traditional territories? How can we ensure environmental standards are followed in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region and throughout the rest of the Arctic? Which instruments can be used to clean the Hot Spots? How can the local indigenous peoples have an impact on the industrial activities in their traditional areas?


13.00 Opening
Ms Cecilie Hansen, Mayor of Sør-Varanger
Lars-Anders Baer, WGIP Chair

13.15 Key note speech on indigenous peoples’ rights and international corporations
Dr James Anaya, United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

14.00 Environmental hot spots in indigenous peoples’ areas in the Arctic
Rodion Sulyandziga, RAIPON

14.30 Coffee break

14.45 Impact on local indigenous communities from industrial activities
The Nenets monitoring project (IPY-Nenets)
Results, experiences and possibilities of expansion
Winfried Dallmann, Norwegian Polar Institute

15.20 Indigenous ownership and economic development
Representative from Canada (tbc)

16.00 Coffee break

16.15 European companies operating outside Europe: international standards
Indigenous peoples’ rights and the OECD Guidelines for multinational enterprises
Mari Bangstad, OECD Norwegian Focal Point

16.45 Panel discussion on land use and environmental consequences
Speakers and audience

Contact: christina@barents.no or +47 78 97 70 50.

Arr: Working Group of Indigenous Peoples in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region and the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.