Volunteer detachments for summer expeditions with an environmental mission were formed in Yamal from residents of 32 regions of Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, goarctic.ru reports.
This year, a record number of applications from candidates were received: 900 people from 12 countries filled out a volunteer participant questionnaire and passed psychological testing (the previous record was 400 applications in 2020). Among the candidates were both beginners and experienced volunteers.
Three large expeditions are planned for the 2023 season, according to the YANAO government website. In July, the ecological landing will work at the Marre-Sale polar station on the coast of the Kara Sea. In July-August, another group of volunteers will take part in an ecological and sociological expedition in the village of Kamenny Cape, Yamal district. In August, the territory of the abolished village of Polyarny in the Priuralsky district will be cleared by volunteers.
The Arctic Volunteers movement has been cleaning up Arctic territories for 11 years. It is the largest in the circumpolar region and has about 680 participants from 13 countries. Expedition projects of volunteers are carried out with the support of the Government of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, the Fuel and Energy Complex, the federal project "Clean Arctic" and the Russian Arctic Development Center.
The expeditions of the 2023 season are supported by the Government of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, the federal project "Clean Arctic" and the social investment program "Hometowns" of Gazprom Neft.
The results of the work of the "Green Arctic": 17 Arctic expeditions on the territory of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, 400 volunteers from 12 countries, 2 cleared islands in the Kara Sea and 500 hectares of Arctic territory, 2,400 tons of scrap metal collected, 1 rescued polar bear.