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The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic Indigenous peoples and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.

As part of the work of the expert council, a plenary meeting of the Youth Section of the VIII annual meeting of the International Expert Council for Cooperation in the Arctic (IECCA) was held in English. The plenary session was moderated by Dmitry Medvedev, Secretary of the International Expert Council on Arctic Cooperation, Candidate of Political Sciences and Hunter Tina Soliman, Professor at Macquarie Law School (Australia).

On November 12, 2020, the VIII annual meeting of The international expert Council for cooperation in the Arctic (IECCA) was held in an online format. The topic of the meeting: “Science, Education and Human Resources Development for Arctic Projects Implementation". Russian and foreign experts, representatives of business and government involved in the development of the Arctic made presentations at the plenary session. The main topics of the meeting were the specifics of training personnel for the Arctic and forms of international cooperation in this area.

Director of the Department of Expeditionary Activities and Tourism Development of the Executive Directorate of the Russian Geographical Society Sergey Chechulin announced at the annual conference "Day of the Arctic at the Presidential Library" about the plans of the Russian Geographical Society to organize three expeditions to explore the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in 2021.

Within the framework of the project, it is planned to study the hydrographic aspects and underwater objects discovered by researchers earlier in expeditions.

"This time they will be identified, 3D-underwater shooting of these objects so that everyone can get acquainted with these materials," - added the representative of the Russian Geographical Society. He noted that in the near future, scientists will also go on an expedition to Alexandra Land, an island in the Franz Josef Land archipelago.

It is also planned to carry out five types of scientific work, the main of which is the study of the polar bear population. The projects will be implemented jointly with the Northern Fleet and the Russian Arctic National Park.

Recall that the Novaya Zemlya archipelago is located in the Arctic Ocean between the Barents and Kara Seas. The Russian Arctic National Park is the northernmost and largest specially protected natural area in Russia. It includes the Franz Josef Land archipelago and the northern part of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.

The Russian Academy of Sciences considers the initiative to return the name of Nicholas II to the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, put forward by a group of social activists, insufficiently historically justified, as well as the Soviet period. In addition, in 1914, the name Land of Emperor Nicholas II was assigned to only one of the islands, therefore the very formulation of the issue contained in the appeal about “returning the archipelago to its original name“ is not entirely correct. ”This is stated in a letter from the Academy to the first vice-speaker of the Legislative Assembly Krasnoyarsk Territory Sergei Popov.

At the end of September, a letter with a proposal to return the name of Nicholas II to the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean was sent to the authorities of the Krasnoyarsk Territory. The appeal was supported by the traveler Fyodor Konyukhov, Bishop Iakov of Naryan-Mar, the granddaughter of the discoverer of the archipelago Boris Vilkitsky, Irina Tikhomirova, and State Duma deputy Viktor Zubarev. Earlier the initiative was supported by the governor of the region Alexander Uss.

Earlier, the committee on state organization, legislation and local self-government of the Legislative Assembly of the region sent inquiries to scientific and expert, state and municipal structures: the Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University, the Russian Geographical Society, the Siberian Federal University, the administration of the Taimyr region, the governor of the region.

According to the first vice-speaker of the Legislative Assembly - chairman of the committee on state organization of the regional parliament Popov, the committee receives appeals from public associations, including little-known foreign organizations. He added that the regional parliament received three documents with a scientific substantive opinion. "This is a museum of local lore, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Geographical Society," Popov said, adding that the collection of opinions will continue until the end of December 2021.

 

The Russian government has supported the application of the Arkhangelsk and Murmansk regions, as well as the Nenets district for the creation of a world-class interregional scientific and educational center "Russian Arctic: new technologies and research methods", said the Governor of the Arkhangelsk region Alexander Tsybulsky.

 According to him, the creation of the center is an example of the strength of interregional cooperation, which will give a new impetus to the development of science, economy and industry throughout the Russian Arctic.

 “There is a lot of work ahead, for which we have everything we need - natural and industrial resources, scientific and educational potential, and people ready to reach new heights,” the Governor of Arkhangelsk explained.

 On his page in the social network "VKontakte", Governor of the Murmansk Region Andrey Chibis congratulated his fellow governors of the Arkhangelsk Region and the NAO on the joint victory.  He noted that scientific and educational centers will become the main engine of science and education in Russia and the world, and the Russian Arctic will certainly become a part of this process.

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