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Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Feb. 9, 2021

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Illustration of renovated Svalbardbutikken by Reactor AS

New portion of Svalbardbutikken scheduled to open in March, 40 percent of tourists cancel visits during first week after negative COVID-19 test is required to enter Svalbard and 20 applicants seek eight million kroner (although far less will be available) in the latest Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund grants.

A LOT LESS GREEN TO GO MORE GREEN: 18 projects share 2.47M kr. in Svalbard Environmental Protection grants this year – a pittance compared to past years due to pandemic

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With relatively scarce funding available for this year’s Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund grants due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials opted to let the money go to the dogs. And an obsolete non-functioning power plant. And some dead grouse.

Eighteen applicants received a total of 2.47 million kroner in grants funded by a head tax on arriving travellers, a pittance compared to the 54 projects that shared 18.6 million in 2019.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES FOR SVALBARD FOR THURSDAY: Spring environmental grants postponed until fall, library offers ‘book taxi,’ Fri./Sat. boat trips to Pyramiden and more

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This story will be updated throughout the day. Photo of “loading at coal pier still happening as normal this week” by Anne Lise Klungseth Sandvik.

Svalbard remains free of officially diagnosed cases of coronavirus as the second week of a nationwide quarantine ends (and remains in effect until at least April 13).  But another of many widespread economic impacts hit Thursday as the Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund announced it is delaying the consideration of tens of millions of kroner in requests scheduled in April until fall since funding for them is no longer certain.

However, for those isolated at home another volunteer service is being provided in the form of a “book taxi” on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, while those able/inclined to get out are being offered discount boat trips to Pyramiden (or as close as the sea ice allows) Friday and Saturday.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Nov. 18, 2018

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Norway’s justice minister says the “government is working on a solution” for private homeowners in avalanche-prone areas, 72 applicants seek 39.1 million kroner  from the Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund and seven Russians help Store Norske workers clean up debris at the aging Mine 2B.

Wasteful spending: Ocean and coastal cleanup projects biggest recipients of 15.6M in environmental protection grants

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It’s no longer a dirty secret: Svalbard’s shores are far from a pristine Arctic paradise and it’s going to take serious money and effort to combat the ongoing and worsening accumulation of trash on them.

That reality was recognized in the latest round of semi-annual grants from the Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund, with nearly a third of the 15.6 million kroner for 40 projects awarded to ocean and coastal cleanup efforts.

‘Dah’ to détente: Russians get money to upgrade Pyramiden, fight aliens in record round of environmental grants

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Turns out the governor agrees with the Russians: there’s too many unwanted foreigners in Svalbard – and some serious money is about to be spent doing something about it.

More than 1.1 million kroner for three projects involving alien species – including one  assessing alien plants and growth conditions in the Russian settlements of Barentsburg and Pyramiden – are among the 39 projects receiving a record 13 million kroner in the latest grants from the Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Aug. 25, 2015

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Cruise passengers pay to clean up trash from beaches  
A total of 112 passengers are participating in the first Clean Up Svalbard cruise by a foreign operator by collecting trash from shorelines as part of their voyage.

Peddling the town’s goods: Bikes join kicksleds in local ridesharing program

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There’s a few more rules, but at least you’ll know where to find them – and not have to worry about someone else swiping your ride home while you’re running a quick errand.

Fifteen “citybikes” arrived in Longyearbyen this week and can be borrowed free from Visit Svalbard.