Russia plans to make the elliptical Arktika-M hydrometeorological system part of the COSPAS-SARSAT international space search-and-rescue system. Participants in the annual 35th meeting of the COSPAS-SARSAT Joint Committee (OK-35) discussed the system’s operation and its future plans.

The International Arctic Station "Snowflake" is a year-round and fully autonomous complex created on the basis of renewable energy sources and hydrogen energy, without diesel fuel.

"Snowflake" will use the energy of hydrogen, wind and the sun.

Stocks for Doomsday, ghost towns ... all this is not a description of horror films or fantasy novels, these are parts of the vast Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

Spitsbergen ("Sharp Mountains"), also known as Svalbard, is located in the Arctic Ocean. It is located between the northern shores of Norway and the North Pole. Between Greenland and Franz Josef Land.

Minister for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic Alexey Chekunkov and Chairman of the Committee for Northern Economic Cooperation under the President of the Republic of Korea Park Jung Soo discussed issues of cooperation between countries in the Arctic region.
"Over the eight months of this year, the trade turnover between the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation increased by 56.8% and amounted to $19.2 billion. The volume of trade... it grew by 14%," the Ministry of Regional Development of Russia said in a statement.

According to Chekunkov, Moscow and Seoul are considering new joint projects in the field of healthcare, port infrastructure, ship repair, tourism, agriculture, science and technology, and hydrogen energy.

"Russia's chairmanship in the Arctic Council... creates additional opportunities for expanding Russian-Korean cooperation in the Arctic... We have taken the bar for the transportation of hydrocarbons — the Northern Sea Route is already a recognized international transport route for the transportation of liquefied natural gas," the ministry noted.

One of the priority goals at the moment is to make the Northern Sea Route the same route for containers.

In October, the Ministry of Regional Development of Russia and the Rosatom State Corporation prepared a project for regular transportation along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) using the Sevmorput lighter carrier.

An international conference on bioremediation (the biological purification) of aquatic and land ecosystems of the Arctic coast was held in Moscow. It was attended by leading researchers from Russia, Canada, the United States and Finland who specialize in the remediation of contaminated soil and water bodies. The discussion was held as part of Russia’s plan of the main activities as the chair country of the Arctic Council in 2021-2023.

“The path from scientific development project to practical implementation is often arduous. Russia’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council can help authorities and businesses pay attention to research results that are designed to promote the restoration of northern nature,” Krasilnikov added.

The experts presented their experience in research and the practical application of bioremediation technologies for restoring nature in the Arctic. They noted the effectiveness of biological methods as part of an integrated approach to cleaning contaminated areas.

“Biological treatment methods are highly effective in the Arctic given the increasingly intensive development of the region, including growing hydrocarbon production, cargo traffic and population,” said Mikhail Makarov, Doctor of Biological Sciences, acting director of the Murmansk Marine Biological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. “In addition to being used to mitigate the aftereffects of emergencies, they can also be used for prevention and early detection of vulnerable areas.”

The participants also discussed the prospects for international scientific cooperation. In particular, they mentioned a joint project by researchers from Murmansk, Norway and Finland on creating innovative biotechnology for the comprehensive restoration of the oil-polluted Arctic coast as part of the Kolarctic cross border cooperation program.

“We see great potential in studying the effects of microorganisms on the decomposition of petroleum products,” Kirsten Jorgensen from the Finnish Environment Institute said. “These methods are particularly effective after a contaminated area has been mechanically cleaned or when other cleaning methods are not a practicable solution.”

The results of the practical use of bioremediation methods were presented. Graeme Spiers, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Geoscience at Laurentian University (Ontario, Canada) reported on soil reclamation and the reforestation of former industrial and mining sites in Canada.

Attendees noted that implementing bioremediation projects plays an important role in improving environmental safety in the Arctic. The importance of scaling up these methods based on their safety and manufacturability was highlighted.

The International Arctic Forum will be held in St. Petersburg on April 11-13, 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to participate in it. This was announced on October 6 by Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Yuri Trutnev at a meeting of the Federation Council.

The Forum is a platform for discussing topical issues of socio-economic development of the Arctic territories, developing mechanisms for the effective development of the resource potential of the Arctic region. It has been held since 2010. It is attended by Russian experts and foreign specialists.

On September 18, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Chairman of the Committee of Senior Officials in the Arctic Council Nikolai Korchunov said that sooner or later a dialogue between Russia and the United States will begin on the military-political aspects of the situation in the Arctic.

According to him, currently the states have disagreements on this issue. At the same time, the United States and Russia have a mutual interest in making the Arctic a region of constructive interaction.

On July 15, it was reported that Russia and the United States are jointly implementing a climate project, including in the Arctic. Cooperation includes monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions and removals, forests and agriculture.

On June 1, Korchunov explained why Russia is engaged in the restoration of military infrastructure in the Arctic. According to him, this is necessary in order to ensure the country's defense capability in the Arctic, which is of strategic importance for national security and the country's economy.

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