The Autonomous nonprofit organization (ANO) National Business Development Agency (nbda.ru) together with the Project Office for the Development of the Arctic (PODA) launched the ‘Women in Business. The Arctic’ community. Its concept was presented at a meeting of the PODA’s Expert Council on July 7, 2022.
An expedition to collect scrap metal has been launched on the Heiss Island in the Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land. Four volunteers, including Vladimir Perevalov, an expert of the Project Office for the Development of the Arctic (PODA), are to reach their destination - the Mikhail Somov research vessel - within two weeks. Interfax quotes a representative of the Clean North - Clean Country movement Artyom Smolokurov saying that the volunteers will spend about 25 days on the Heiss Island and collect about 100 tonnes of scrap metal on the area of 60,000 sq. metres. The members of the expedition will remove the metal scrap left over from the Soviet times at the Polar Geophysical Observatory named after Ernst Krenkel near the freshwater Cosmic Lake where meteorological rockets were launched in 1957. According to Smolokurov, the metal scrap will be taken out from the island for further recycling.
The action will be held with the support of the Project Office for the Development of the Arctic (PODA). The forest trees will be planted in the historical part of the urban district of Vorkuta, on the site of the first village, from which the history of this polar city began.
From July 10 to 15, the members of the Unified Volunteer Center of the Murmansk Region and the participants in the Clean Arctic project helped the researchers of the General Ecology and Hydrobiology Department of the Faculty of Biology of Moscow State University named after M. V. Lomonosov to conduct research on the waste accumulated on the southern coast of the Barents Sea. The biologists have already collected data on the pollution of the coast of the Kola Peninsula with plastic debris and identified the areas requiring thorough attention. In the Dalniye Zelentsy area in the Murmansk Region, 30 volunteers helped the scientists in collecting, removing and sorting the coastal garbage so that it could be studied in future. Some rescue divers helped in the work to assess the pollution of bottom sediments with plastic debris and take samples for further microbiological study.
Dozens of corporate volunteers supported the From a Spring to the Ocean campaign offered by the Unified Volunteer Centre, the Murmansk Region, which is held in the region together with the Clean Arctic federal project. On June 30, the volunteers cleaned three well-springs and took water samples together with the scientists.
The ceremony of awarding the Ecotech-Leader 2022, a National Prize in the environmental technologies, was held in Moscow on June 27. The companies were honoured that gained significant success in the development, implementation and promotion of advanced environmental technologies.
The participants of the Arctic Floating University tested a garbage collector robot on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago’s Severny Island. The Atlas robot engineered by the students of the Northern Arctic Federal University, is a four-kilogramme wheeled platform equipped with a video camera and manipulators. The task of the Atlas robot is to collect garbage or research samples in hard-to-reach areas in the Arctic (near turbulent rivers, under cliffs, on steep slopes), where the work is fraught with risks to humans or local ecosystems.
In the Verkhoyansk District of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), it is planned to set up a tourism and recreational cluster “Verkhoyansk - the Heart of the Arctic”. The master plan for the cluster was developed by the Tourism Development and Territorial Marketing Agency of the Republic.
Nikolay Doronin, Chairman of the PODA’s (Project Office for the Development of the Arctic) Board, joined the Public Council under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation and became Deputy Chairman of the Commission for Public Control over the Implementation of the “Ecology” national project.
Rosneft and the Russian Arctic National Park have summed up the results of the comprehensive Clean Arctic project to study the impact of Soviet-era economic activities on Arctic ecosystems, polit.ru writes.