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Arctic Floating University - 2016

Northern (Arctic) Federal University in cooperation with Northern Branch of Russian Federation Agency for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (ROSHYDROMET) organize the marine research and education expedition «Arctic Floating University – 2016».

The expedition will be held from 10 till 30 July 2016

Security and sustainable development were discussed at NArFU

Northern (Arctic) Federal University hosted the conference "Ensuring Safety and Sustainable Development in the Arctic Region, Preservation of Ecosystems and Traditional Way of Life of the Indigenous Peoples of the North" Organized under the auspice of the RF Security Council and hosted as part of the V International Meeting of the Arctic Council member countries, Arctic Council Observer States and International Academic Community, this forum runs on an annual basis. An indispensable part of the Arctic agenda aiming to promote good neighborly relations and cooperation — as prerequisites for human activity in the severe Arctic milieu — the forum has convened 11 countries and their scholars, experts and polar explorers.

The conference discussed the current challenges pertaining to consolidating by the nations of their efforts towards preservation — in the context of the large-scale subsoil resource development project — of the vulnerable Arctic ecosystems; to personnel training for Arctic-focused projects; and to sustainability of indigenous peoples of the North. Much focus was laid on the Arctic research cooperation.

These important topics were reflected in the speeches of senior officials of the University of the Arctic and representatives of UArctic member institutions from Russia, United States, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Korea. The audience’s attention was attracted by the report of Lassi Heininen, Professor of the University of Lapland and leader of UArctic Thematic network “Geopolitics and Security”, where he considered the Arctic as the region of geopolitical stability.

Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Russia's Security Council, also stressed the importance of international cooperation. "Within our meetings, we are consistently expanding the platform of international dialogue, raising issues more and more important for the Arctic development" - said the Security Council’s secretary.


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Preliminary Results from the “Arctic Floating University (AFU) – 2015” Expedition

Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) organized in cooperation with the Northern Branch of Russian Federation Agency for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (ROSHYDROMET) the marine research and education expedition “Exploring Russian Arctic” within the framework of the project “Arctic Floating University – 2015” in July.

narfu ship

On July 21, a ceremonial reception of the Arctic Floating University – 2015 participants was held at Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU). The university administration and representatives of the Government of the Arkhangelsk region greeted the students and researchers. Several prominent Russian researchers, among them Artur Chilingarov, a famous polar explorer and politician, and Viktor Sadovnichiy, Moscow State University Rector, also sent their congratulatory letters, highlighting the importance of the expedition for the development of the Arctic research.

A press conference after the celebrations was dedicated to the preliminary results of the expedition. The participants spoke about the goals achieved, difficulties they had to face and their impressions.

The expedition passed 3351.5 nautical miles (6208, 988 km) in the White, Barents, Pechora and Kara Seas. Total travel time was 20 days and eight hours. The ship went through three storms that required changing the itinerary of the expedition.

Despite the changes in the route, planned research work has been carried out in full. Participants disembarked 9 times to land.

narfu field

During the expedition, a number of land researches integrating a whole complex of interrelated areas (study of vegetation, soil chemistry, animal world, history and culture, physiology, psycho-physiological and psychological research and study of meteorological conditions) were carried out. According to Constantin Zaikov, Director of the Arctic Center for Strategic Research, the collected data will be employed for creating a monitoring system for the prevention of emergency situations in the Arctic.

Boris Filippov, NArFU Vice-Rector for Research, pointed out a slight change of perspective in this year’s expedition. If the initial project was purely educational, now it tends to combine research and education. Mr. Filippov also added that the university is determined to make every effort in order for the project to continue.

‘AFU is a unique project in global experience’, observed during the press conference Sergey Goryachkin, Head of the Laboratory of Geography and Soil Evolution under the RAS Institute of Geography. ‘It is a very logical initiative with two fundamental tasks: teaching the students to work in the Arctic conditions, and gathering of important scientific information. The expedition allowed us to come to a new understanding of the Arctic and the law of natural zoning. We could not only see changes in the zones but also realize that this is a very complex mosaic structure.  In fact, we are talking about revising the geographical zoning’.

narfu lecture

The university is determined to make every effort in order for the project to continue.

For more information on the Arctic Floating University — 2015, please see the expedition diary (in Russian) at www.narfu.ru.

Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) is a co-coordinator of the NDI in 2014-2015.

Aleksanteri Insight: The Arctic Paradox and Russia's Energy Policy

Through its use of the Arctic, Russia tries to fortify the idea that it is a global energy superpower, writes Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen in the March issue of Aleksanteri Insight, a series of expert opinions published by the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki.

Read the article in full here.

New study on Finland’s prospects for economic growth in the Arctic and Northern regions.

Finland’s former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen has made a study on Finland’s prospects for economic growth in the Arctic and northern regions. The report is now available in English.

The aim of the Paavo Lipponen‘s report (“Strategic Vision for the North”) was to identify the key factors that will make it possible for Finnish companies to succeed in sustainable northern business operations.

The report was an assignment by The Confederation of Finnish Industries EK, its’ member federations and the TT Foundation.

View the report A Strategic Vision for the North (pdf)

Practical cooperation in the Barents region remains active

Finland’s two-year Chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) started in late 2013 and has now reached the half-way mark. BEAC is a forum for intergovernmental and interregional cooperation in the Barents Region. As the chair, Finland strives to strengthen the exchange of information and dialogue between the different regional fora. The atmosphere in the Council has been constructive and progress has been made in many issues such as the development of Barents Transport Plan and regional climate strategies.

Report: Growth from the North. How can Norway, Sweden and Finland achieve sustainable growth in the Scandinavian Arctic?

Finland's Prime Minister’s Office has published an independent expert group report Growth from the North. How can Norway, Sweden and Finland achieve sustainable growth in the Scandinavian Arctic?

Norway, Sweden and Finland share common economic, environmental and social interests in the Scandinavian Arctic. The report defines four drivers of growth and offers four instruments for the Governments of Norway, Sweden and Finland to use to secure sustainable economic growth in the North.

The report is written by Anne Husebekk, Rector, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, Magdalena Andersson, Governor, Västerbotten County, Sweden and Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce, Finland.

Project: Sustainable Mining, local communities and environmental regulation in Kolarctic area (SUMILCERE)

Sustainable Mining, local communities and environmental regulation in Kolarctic area (SUMILCERE)

Lead Partner: University of Lapland, Finland

Project’s overall objectives are to support public-private collaboration for achieving the sustainable development; to enhance the using of developed practises and recommendations for sustainable social licensing, environmental regulation; to sustain research network collaboration; to contribute to the diminishing risks in global mining investments in the Euro-Arctic Barents region.

Programme: Children and Youth at Risk in the Barents region

Children and Youth at Risk in the Barents region (CYAR)

Barents Euro-Arctic Council

Children and Youth at Risk in the Barents region (CYAR) is a multilateral programme carried out in Norway and run by the Steering Committee on Youth and Children at Risk.The major goal of the Programme is to find effective solutions for common problems faced by marginal children and youth in the modern society. These problems are related to social, educational, health and other spheres of life, as well as law enforcement, unvenal crimes, etc.There are special training courses for the specialists in parents guidance based on "The Incredible Years" by Dr. Caroline Webster-Stratton.

Study: Coherent Northern Dimension (2011)

Coherent Northern Dimension (2011)

The Policy Priorities of the Arctic Council (AC), the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC), the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), in comparison with the Northern Dimension objectives

Aalto, Pami; Espiritu, Aileen A; Lanko, Dmitry A.;  Naundorf, Sarah

Northern Dimension Institute

This report examines the coherence of the work of the main regional intergovernmental organisations in the area covered by the Northern Dimension policy of the EU, Iceland, Norway and Russia – the Arctic Council, the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, the Council of Baltic Sea States and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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