The Problems in the Sustainable Development of Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic Region

Lead Author Galina, Knyazeva
Institution Contact Syktyvkar State University Russia, Komi Republic, Syktyvkar, Oktyabrsky prospect, 55 167000
Co-Authors Ekaterina Kniazeva, Syktyvkar State University
Theme Theme 1: Vulnerability of Arctic Environments
Session Name 1.5 Assessment of Environmental Impact of Industrial Activities in the Arctic
Datetime Wed, Sep 14, 2016 11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text Specific national interests of Russia in the sustainable development in the Arctic cover its economy, ecology, social science and policy. Peculiarity of the accumulated environmental damage problem in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation unlike many industrialized countries is caused by industrial production based on very large enterprises. The transition to a market economy was accompanied by a decline in production, and resulted in a considerable number of unclaimed objects and abandoned polluted areas. The government did not have effective tools to evaluate and develop measures for liquidation of accumulated environmental damage, and currently builds strategic plans on the intensification of the exploitation of natural resources in the Arctic. However, the first results of the inventory and liquidation of accumulated environmental damage met critics of expert and scientific community. The strategy barely explores issues related to the indigenous peoples of the North living in the Russian Arctic.

To support the sustainable development of the Arctic zone of Vorkuta the research center "Sustainable development of the North" at Syktyvkar State University conducts research on several areas: elimination of accumulated environmental damage, impact of environmental pollution on the health of indigenous people, assessment of the resource potential of traditional activities. The research objectives include projects development for the elimination of accumulated environmental damage, taking into account the interests of indigenous peoples living in Arctic zone - Vorkuta.
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