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. …

NDI POLICY BRIEF 17: Local Community Practices Support Healthy Ageing in the North

The governments of Finland, Denmark, Norway and Russia have developed national programs to address population ageing. There are also successful practices in healthy ageing at the local level in different countries, but they remain unknown among the global professional community and governmental authorities. This Policy Brief presents findings of the NORRUS-AGE project. The research and networking project has collected a …

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 Briefing Note: The urgent need for standardized assessment of microplastic pollution in the Arctic Ocean

Northern Dimension Institute Briefing Note | August 2021 Konstantin S. Zaikov, Northern Arctic Federal University, Arkhangelsk, Russia, k.zaikov[a]narfu.ru Nikita A. Sobolev, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, n.a.sobolev[a]outlook.com Microplastic (MP) pollution has become a problem that challenges the modern environmental science. The complex nature and behavior of the marine ecosystem causes high uncertainties for the qualitative and quantitative assessment of microplastic pollution …

NDI POLICY BRIEF 16: Decarbonizing road passenger transport in the ND area

This policy brief elaborates recommendations for road passenger transport decarbonization in the Northern Dimension (ND) area. On the one hand, road transport emits 25% of total greenhouse gas in ND countries and produces dangerous local pollutions, and the share of passenger transport of these emissions is more than 75% [1] Nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxide and particular matter emissions are the …

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NDI POLICY BRIEF 15: Accident information is needed to prevent emergencies in the Arctic waters

Increasing economic activity in the Russian Arctic has resulted in the growth of vessel traffic related to trade, exploration and research, marine tourism, and natural resource extraction activities. This has heightened the risk of maritime accidents. Navigation and rescue response are challenging in the High North due to its harsh weather and ice conditions, long distances, and vulnerable nature. Therefore, …

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NDI Briefing Note: Prospects for the development of the White Sea-Baltic Canal

Northern Dimension Institute Briefing Note | February 2021   PROSPECTS FOR THE DEVELOPEMENT OF THE WHITE SEA-BALTIC CANAL  By Maksim Zadorin, Northern Arctic Federal University, Arkhangelsk m.zadorin [a] narfu.ru The White Sea-Baltic Canal, constructed in 1931-1933 as a large-scale Soviet infrastructure project and therefore commonly referred to as the “Stalin’s Canal” [1], often evokes negative connotations due to its history. …

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NDI POLICY BRIEF 14: Healthy ageing policy in Russia needs to consider gender, age, and territory

The Russian government has adopted various national policies and programs in the last decade in response to population ageing in the country. We analyzed the targets and actions of two ongoing healthy ageing policies, and how their effectiveness could be improved. We suggest the national (Federal) level authorities to take the following recommendations into account: Recommendation 1: To separate program …

POLICY BRIEF: NDEP as a platform for nuclear cleanup of sunken objects in the Arctic Sea

This Policy Brief summarizes the key outcomes and recommendations from the Northern Dimension Expert Seminar1: Nuclear Waste Cleanup in the Arctic, which gathered together leading international experts and key stakeholders on nuclear cleanup projects. The Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership’s Nuclear Window (NDEP NW) is an established platform for eliminating nuclear hazards inherited from the Soviet nuclear fleet operations in the …