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The 5th meeting of the Steering Committee (StC) for the UNEP/GEF NPA-Arctic Project was convened on 24-25 March 2011 in the UN Building in Moscow, Russa. Project Office management reported on main Project achievements for its lifetime. StC members reviewed and discussed the development of Project exit strategies and a transition plan with timetable to the “Arctic Agenda 2020” Programme. Follow this link to see the detailed meeting report with annexes…

GEF logoConsultative Meeting on International Programme “Russian Federation – GEF Partnership on Sustainable Environmental Management in the Arctic under a rapidly Changing Climate” (Arctic Agenda 2020) Development was held in Moscow Russa on 23 March, 2011. The purpose of the Meeting was to discuss conceptual approach to the Programme and projects included, and to coordinate further steps on the Arctic Agenda 2020 programme preparation for submitting it to the GEF Council meeting in November 2011. Follow this link to see a breef summary of the meeting with agenda and list of participants…

An Outline of the GEF - Russian Federation Partnership on Sustainable Environmental Management in the Arctic Under a Rapidly Changing Climate (“Arctic Agenda 2020”) can be find here...


Drums on FJLMoscow, September 27, 2010. Cleaning up Franz Josef Land. Russia in 2012 intends to spend 740 million RUB on the removal of polluting waste materials from the far northern Franz Josef Land. In his speech at the conference “the Arctic – Territory of Dialogue” last week, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that Russia will remove the waste dumps in the Arctic built over the decades Á€œnear towns and villages, mineral fields, military bases, sea ports and airports, in the tundra, [and] on islands and in the waters of the Arctic Ocean. Now, the federal government confirms that the clear-up will be materialized with fresh funding. According to the government press service, a total of 740 million RUB will in 2012 be spent on clean up operations at the Franz Josef Land, Regnum reports. The money will be spent on the removal of the about 250 thousand barrels of oil products, which pose a serious environmental threat to the local Arctic environment. In addition, about one million empty barrels, as well as old military equipment like cars, aircrafts, radar installations and more are left rusting in the area. The material all stems from the military base which in the Soviet period was based in the archipelago.

Logo NPA-Arctic4-th meeting of the Steering Committee for the NPA-Arctic Project took place in Reykjavik, Iceland from 04 to 05 of February, 2010. Acting Project Manager S. Tambiev made progress report on the Project implementation as well as he presented progress reports on seperate project components for the period from 3rd STC meeting in Helsinki to present time. UNEP representatives introduced results of the Project Mid-Term Review. They noted positive development of the Project and efficiency of the Project Office. Important decisions were made on further project progress and its successful completion. STC members and the meeting participants highly appreciate the Project Office activities in the Project implementation and in the STC meeting preparation and holding. An official report on the 4th STC meeting can be seen here...

Safety trainingOn 20-23 July, 2009 NPA-Arctic Project Office in cooperation with US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and with assistance of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation (MNR of Russia) and ACAP Secretariat held in Moscow an International Training Workshop on Environmentally Safe Management of Hazardous Wastes, Including Occupational Health and Safety Issues. The purpose of the training was to increase trainees’ knowledge on the latest methods of ensuring environmental safety. More info here....

Maritime Board LogoOn 19th of June 2009 in the city of Arkhangelsk a regular session of the Maritime Board at the Government of the Russian Federation was held. The Strategic Action Program for Protection of Environment in the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation (SAP-Arctic) prepared by the Project Office in cooperation with the Mineconomrazvitiya of Russia was submitted by Mineconomrazvitiya of Russia for consideration by the Maritime Board members. The Maritime Board approved the SAP-Arctic document and recommended federal and regional authorities and other interested parties to be governed by SAP-Arctic provisions when designing program documents applied to development of the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation. To see an information about the Maritime Board at the Government of the Russian Federation session following this link…. To see the final English translation of approved SAP-Arctic document follow this link…

NPA-Arctic4th Meeting of Interagency Work Group of the UNEP/GEF Project was held in Moscow on 21 May 2009. The Meeting approved new release of Strategic action programme and recommended to Executing Agency submitting the SAP document to Naval Body Under the Russian Federation Government for consideration and approval. See minutes of the meeting.... (in Russian only)

NPA-Arctic3d meeting of the Steering Committee for the NPA-Arctic Project took place in Helsinki, Finland from 25 to 26 of March, 2009. The meeting considered progress report presented by project manager and made several vital decisions on further development of the Project. A draft SAP document, which was approved by the 3d IAWG meeting, was introduced to and highly appreciated by the StC members. The meeting accepted information regarding early beginning of activities on 2nd (PINS) and 3d (EPS) Project components, completed demo and pilot projects; several new pilot and demo projects to be implemented under NPA-Arctic Project has been also approved. An official meeting report uploaded here....          Photos...

Batani fond logo29.07.2008. The Economic and Social Council of UN, at its Substantive Session of July has granted Special Consultative Status to the organization “Batani International Development Fund for Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberian and the Far East of the Russian Federation”.

Climate change and health19-20 May of 2008 an International Workshop on “Climate Change Impact on Public Health in the Russian Arctic” was held in Moscow under United Nations Arctic initiatives umbrella. This was the first conference of its kind aimed at the assessment of climate change impact on public health in the Russian Arctic. Follow this link for detailed information....

NPA-Arctic11th of March 2008. Project office organised the Fifth Project Supervisory Council meeting in form of a conference call between SC members chaired by Minekonomrazvitiya of Russia. Members of the meeting discussed a Progress report till the March of 2008 introduced by the Project Manager as well as new Project Integrated Work Plan and Project budget. A detailed meeting report can be seen here.....

08th of February 2008. 2d Meeting of the Interagency Work Group of the UNEP/GEF Project was held in Moscow in a Conference Hall of the United Nations Moscow Office (28, Ostozhenka St.) under Boris Morgunov chairmanship who represented the Project Executive Agency. A photo report of this event can be seen here..... Minutes of the meeting and project manager Progress report both are available only in Russian.

Batani Fond logo25th of January 2008. Coordinating Seminar on a demo project "Environmental Co-Management by Indigenous Peoples, resource extracting companies and local authorities of the Russian North" (DEMO-COMAN) took place in a Conference Hall of the United Nations Moscow Office (28, Ostozhenka St.) Representatives of local administrations and federal authorities together with representatives of private companies and non governmental organisations and indigenous peoples organisations participated in this meeting. A photo report of this meeting is uploaded here.... A brief review together with a work plan of the demo project both can be seen only in Russian.

Brown algae plantation

CLEANUP Demo Project Implementation

The Phase I of the demo project «Remediation of the Environment through the Use of Brown Algae in Kola Bay of Barents Sea» was implemented in the period of September - October 2007. During Phase I implementation the possible location for the experimental work was defined in Oleniya Inlet of the Kola Bay. Environmental and biological conditions of the site were also analysed around the place where brown algae plantation will be deployed. Marking of the prospective site was fulfilled and feasibility study for the demo project were also prepared. See photo report here...


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BASES Demo Project Implementation

The first phase of demo project "Environmental Remediation of the Decommissioned Military Bases on Franz Josef Land Archipelago" was implemented from 15 to 21 of September 2007. Project team of 8 persons were brought to Nagurskaya frontier post in Alexandra Land with Russian r/v "Mikhail Somov". Team members were collecting, cleaning and pressing steel drums with fuel and lubricant remains and also experimented with two types of biologicals to clean top-soil polluted with petroleum hydrocarbons. See photo session ... .

A Second Meeting of the Project Steering Committee was hold in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) on 25-26 of April, 2007. See more....

On 21st of March 2007 the Project Office hold a workshop of independent experts on preparation of a demonstration project for remediation of the environment through the use of brown algae. See more....

On 27th of October 2006 in Moscow a meeting of work group for The International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic, ISIRA was held. More info...

On 23-26 of October in Salekhard an assistant to the Ministry of Economic development and trade of the Russian Federation Mr. B. Morgunov (a representative of the Executive Agency to the Project) took a part in a session of the Arctic Council at the ministerial level of 8 Arctic countries. In the following Salekhard Declaration finalised this event a progress in the Project NPA-Arctic implementation was noted and it was emphasised that national plans of activities are very important components of the Arctic Council Regional programme of action. More info...

The Second Intergovernmental Review (IGR-2) of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA) was held from 16 to 20 October 2006 in Beijing. A report about the UNEP/GEF Project NPA-Arctic has been presented and progress in it implementation has been emphasised. More info...


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