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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 …

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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 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 …

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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, …

PUBLICATIONS FROM THE SECOND YEAR OF NDI THINK TANK ACTION

The NDI Think Thank Action conducts research on thematic areas jointly agreed with the ND partnerships. The themes for the Action include climate change impact in the Arctic, emerging transport and logistics routes between Europe and Asia, healthy ageing and creative industries’ contribution to societal challenges in the ND area. The intellectual outputs of this research include policy briefs, background …

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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 …

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NDI POLICY BRIEF 13: Analysis of subjective wellbeing is important for wellbeing development in the Northern Dimension area

Actors in the social and health care often aim to improve wellbeing of the population in various interventions and development projects. The evaluation of their outcome is usually based on objective wellbeing criteria only, although people’s subjective wellbeing (SWB) is the foundation of the wellbeing of the population. Therefore, the viewpoint of families and experiences of individual people should always …

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NDI BACKGROUND PAPER 2: Polar Code and other measures to improve safety of shipping in the Arctic

Summary: The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, better known as the “Polar Code”, came into force on 1 January 2017 to improve safety for ship operations in remote waters of the polar regions. It was developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a legally binding international framework that builds on existing mandatory regulations set by IMO …