Deník N: Czech government to consider applying for membership in Arctic Council
The Czech government will discuss a possible application for membership in the high-level Arctic Council organisation that addresses issues faced by the Arctic governments of the indigenous population. The daily Deník N, which broke the story on Wednesday, states that a plan is currently being formed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and that the Czech Republic would like to profile itself as a country involved in finding solutions to climate change.
The paper says the Czech Republic is considering leveraging the accomplishments of its scientists.These already have a base and ship on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard and study the local seaweed, birds and the melting of icebergs.
The Arctic Circle is a strategically important region of the globe, with large reserves of oil and natural gas. However, it is also a region where climate change phenomena are especially noticeable.