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Project Components

 

The project aims to develop a Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the Russian Arctic which will be a tool for addressing the threats to this strategic region and for ensuring that future development is sustainable and beneficial for its native peoples.  The SAP will identify and prioritise the key regional environmental issues and problems, define their root and secondary causes, and propose interventions to address these. This exercise will be carried out through a highly consultative process which will enable a wide range of stakeholders to participate. After eighteen months of work a final SAP will be submitted for adoption to the Government of the Russian Federation.

 

Leading straight from the SAP and commencing implementation, the projectís Environmental Protection System Improvements (EPSI) component will identify legislative, institutional, and capacity mechanisms needs and propose appropriate mechanisms and policies that will incorporate environmental management considerations to on-going development processes in the Arctic region.

 

In parallel to the SAP, up to ten pre-invest studies will be conducted on priority pollution hot-spots which were identified during the preceding PDF-B phase. The studies will assess the scale of selected problems and identify methods and means for tackling them. A large-scale donor conference, a Partnership Conference, is be convened later on to mobilize the public, private and international funds needed to address these pollution problems. The Partnership Conference will be preceded by a series of Private Sector Round-Tables to be held in the United States, Italy, and the Nordic region.

 

A last component of the project comprises three demonstration projects, namely:

 

  • Development of organizational frameworks and plans for the management of lands used by indigenous peoples, balancing environmental and economic needs;

  • Utilization of marine algae to combat oil spills; and

  • Demonstration of environmental remediation techniques in the decommissioning of two military sites.

 

If successful these demonstration projects will be either replicated in the Russian Federation and perhaps other parts of the Arctic region.

 

 

 

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