Tuesday, 01 December 2020 01:45

International educational project "UArctic"

The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is an international network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations involved in education and science in the North. UArctic, following the motto "Strong North-by common efforts", supports residents of the circumpolar North, provides them with unique educational and research opportunities on the platform of a powerful partner network.


Tuesday, 01 December 2020 01:08

Rostourism to finance Russian Arctic eco-trail

Next summer, the southern cluster of Russian Arctic National Park will get a nature trail for tourists on Cape Zhelaniya on Severny Island of the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago. The project will be financed by a Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism) grant.

Apart from building nature trails, experts will assess and monitor the anthropogenic impact of tourists on the environment. In 2021, a new visitor center will open on Cape Zhelaniya. Its work will help estimate the carrying capacity so as to better manage tourism in the southern cluster.

“We have received many requests to plot new tourist routes and create a barrier-free tourist environment. There are many interesting systemic projects that will effectively change the image of the Russian tourist industry and make tourism more affordable, more diverse and safer,” said Zarina Doguzova, head of Rostourism.

The federal Government has set aside 1.2 billion rubles for implementing the new tourism support measure. The average requested grant is 2.6 million. Under the tender’s terms, the winning bidder should invest their own funds totaling at least 30 percent of the grant.

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.

Rosgeologia plans to continue drilling stratigraphic wells in the Laptev Sea for Rosneft next year after it first conducted such drilling in the Kara Sea this year, Boris Shumsky, director of the holding for offshore projects, told reporters.
Rosneft has drilled shallow stratigraphic wells in the north of the Kara Sea for the first time in the history of Arctic exploration. The project started in October. Its main task is to take a core sample for the subsequent acquisition of data on the geological structure and oil and gas potential of the North Kara basin. The drilling of stratigraphic wells as part of the Rosneft scientific expedition was carried out by the Rosgeologia vessel "Bavenit".
"The vessel can perform drilling operations at a water depth of up to one kilometer and drill wells to a depth of 500 meters. Actually, plans for 2021 already provide for deeper wells in the Laptev Sea. Our task is to drill wells up to 200 meters deep," - said Shumsky.
Director of the Department of Scientific and Technological Development and Innovations of Rosneft Alexander Pashali, in turn, noted that 10 wells were drilled in the Kara Sea as part of a scientific expedition and 6.5 tons of core were taken, which was sent to Innopraktika for further study. "These works, carried out this year, have shown their effectiveness. We expect to continue them next year in the eastern region of the Arctic and hope for the same successful implementation and great data from a scientific point of view," he said.
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