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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, …

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 …

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NDI POLICY BRIEF 11: Arctic shipping needs anti-avoidance rules to mitigate environmental disasters

Global warming will accelerate the melting of ice and release some of the Arctic territories for shipping. On the one hand, it will have a positive impact on world trade but on the other hand, the risk of ship accidents and environmental disasters will increase. In the period from 2010 to 2019, 512 ship accidents in Arctic Circle Waters were …

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New publication series: NDI Background Papers

Northern Dimension Institute has launched a new publication series NDI Background Papers. The purpose of the NDI Background Papers is to raise awareness about emerging topics relevant to the ND thematic partnerships, and review the state of the art of research on them in the ND area. The first background paper to be published in the series is Marine Plastic …

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 …

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NDI POLICY BRIEF 7: Systemic biomonitoring needed to mitigate Arctic health risks

Northern Dimension Institute Policy Brief 7 – December 2019 Systemic biomonitoring needed to mitigate Arctic health risks This Policy Brief highlights the need for biomonitoring to assess the risks of public health disorders and negative demographic implications caused by the ingestion of hazardous pollutants into the human body. These pollutants can accumulate in food chains and spread with migratory species …

Call for papers and abstracts: Arctic Frontiers Science 2020

The Arctic Frontiers Science 2020 conference invites abstracts for the conference and paper contributions for a Springer book volume. The conference will convene 28-30 January 2020 in Tromsø, Norway. Abstracts are invited for oral and poster presentations on the following themes: Arctic food security; Knowledge-based development in the Arctic; Disruptive technologies; and Local or global Arctic? Multi-scaled considerations of connections …

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NDI POLICY BRIEF 2: The curbing of black carbon emissions offers many benefits for the Arctic published

  Northern Dimension Institute Policy Brief 2 – January 2019 The curbing of black carbon emissions offers many benefits for the Arctic   Black carbon emissions are a global problem with special significance for arctic regionsTemperatures in the Arctic are rising clearly faster than the global average temperatures. The main reason are increasing amount of greenhouse gases, but black carbon, …

NORTHERN DIMENSION FUTURE FORUM ON TRANSPORT: Emerging trade routes between Europe and Asia, 20 Nov 2018, Brussels

Emerging trade routes between Europe and Asia – Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on Northern Europe   DATE: Tuesday 20 November 2018, at 9:00 – 14:00VENUE: Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels, Belgium   The Forum showcases recent research, policies and business initiatives in Northern Europe focusing on Euro-Asian railway connections and the Arctic …

Northern Dimension Future Forum on Environment: Black carbon and Climate Change in the European Arctic, 19 Nov 2018, Brussels

DATE: Monday 19 November 2018, at 13:00 – 17:00VENUE: Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels, Belgium   Northern Dimension Future Forum on Environment: Black carbon and Climate Change in the European Arctic brings together European decision-makers and top experts to discuss the challenges and solutions available to tackle climate change by reducing black carbon emissions.   …