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 …

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 …

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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 …