Photo of Wrapped Building

NDI POLICY BRIEF 18: Culture must be recognized as a driver of sustainable development

Summary:This Policy Brief highlights the potential of culture to create stability and to support sustainability. It argues that culture directly affects our attitudes towards change, our wellbeing and our ability to feel empathy, which are the source of stability. Cultural activities support our experience of meaningful life and the sense of inclusion. The accelerating climate change with all its side …

NDI Publications logo

2021: A Round-up of last year’s NDI publications

NDI POLICY BRIEFS NDI POLICY BRIEF 14: Healthy ageing policy in Russia needs to consider gender, age, and territoryAnastasia Emelyanova, Elena GolubevaDownload the policy brief (PDF) NDI POLICY BRIEF 15: Accident information is needed to prevent emergencies in the Arctic watersSvetlana KuznetsovaDownload the policy brief (PDF) NDI POLICY BRIEF 16: Decarbonizing road passenger transport in the ND areaDmitry Vasilenko, Vasily …

NDI BACKGROUND PAPER 5: Accounting for disruptive developments in strategic planning of shipping in the Arctic

Summary:The changing climate gradually opens the way to the Arctic waters for commercial shipping. This requires long-term investments in infrastructure and hence strategic planning of shipping activities both by governments and the global maritime industry to take into account various global and regional factors influencing the economics of shipping. Many of these factors are inherently uncertain and subject to disruptive …

NDI BRIEFING NOTE: Decarbonizing road freight and vocational transport in the ND area

Northern Dimension Institute Briefing Note | October 2021 ByDmitry Vasilenko, Saint Petersburg State University of Economics, dvasilenko@finec.ruVasily Zinin, National Gas Vehicle Association, v.zinin@ngvrus.ru Natalia Sarakhanova, Saint Petersburg State University of Economics, sarahanova.n@unecon.ru This Briefing Note addresses drivers, obstacles and measures for decarbonization of road freight transport that is a timely issue both globally and in the Northern Dimension (ND) area. …

Marine Plastic Debris Pollution in the Western Sector of the Russian Arctic

Published in the scientific online periodical Arctic and North 43/2021. Authors:Konstantin S. ZAIKOV, D.Sc. of Historical Sciences, Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Information Policy, Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk, Russia, k.zaikov@narfu.ruNikita A. SOBOLEV, Researcher, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, n.a.sobolev@outlook.com Abstract. The article discusses the pollution of marine environment with plastic waste, in particular, the …

NDI BACKGROUND PAPER 1: Marine Plastic Debris Pollution in the Russian Arctic

Summary: This paper discusses marine plastic debris pollution, particularly the accumulation of microplastics in the oceans, which is one of the most significant environmental problems of our time both globally and in the Russian Arctic. Microplastics are a term used to describe the vast volume of microscopic plastic debris currently found throughout the World Ocean and its coastlines. Primary microplastics …