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Strategy for the development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation and ensuring national security for the period up to 2035, approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 26, 2020. The text of the document is posted on the official web resource of the President of the Russian Federation.

Publication: http://www.kremlin.ru/acts/bank/45972

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As part of the work of the expert council, a plenary meeting of the Youth Section of the VIII annual meeting of the International Expert Council for Cooperation in the Arctic (IECCA) was held in English. The plenary session was moderated by Dmitry Medvedev, Secretary of the International Expert Council on Arctic Cooperation, Candidate of Political Sciences and Hunter Tina Soliman, Professor at Macquarie Law School (Australia).

On November 12, 2020, the VIII annual meeting of The international expert Council for cooperation in the Arctic (IECCA) was held in an online format. The topic of the meeting: “Science, Education and Human Resources Development for Arctic Projects Implementation". Russian and foreign experts, representatives of business and government involved in the development of the Arctic made presentations at the plenary session. The main topics of the meeting were the specifics of training personnel for the Arctic and forms of international cooperation in this area.

Director of the Department of Expeditionary Activities and Tourism Development of the Executive Directorate of the Russian Geographical Society Sergey Chechulin announced at the annual conference "Day of the Arctic at the Presidential Library" about the plans of the Russian Geographical Society to organize three expeditions to explore the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in 2021.

Within the framework of the project, it is planned to study the hydrographic aspects and underwater objects discovered by researchers earlier in expeditions.

"This time they will be identified, 3D-underwater shooting of these objects so that everyone can get acquainted with these materials," - added the representative of the Russian Geographical Society. He noted that in the near future, scientists will also go on an expedition to Alexandra Land, an island in the Franz Josef Land archipelago.

It is also planned to carry out five types of scientific work, the main of which is the study of the polar bear population. The projects will be implemented jointly with the Northern Fleet and the Russian Arctic National Park.

Recall that the Novaya Zemlya archipelago is located in the Arctic Ocean between the Barents and Kara Seas. The Russian Arctic National Park is the northernmost and largest specially protected natural area in Russia. It includes the Franz Josef Land archipelago and the northern part of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.

The Government has decided to overhaul the system of development institutes of the Russian Far East and Arctic, which will be reformed as a single development institute.

The reform will involve the Human Capital Development Agency in the Russian Far East and Arctic (HCFE), the Far East Investment and Export Agency (FEIEA), the Far East Development Corporation (FEDC), and the Far East Development Fund (FEDF), which will be integrated into a single Far East development institute.

“As a result, our Russian and foreign investors and partners implementing projects in the Russian Far East and Arctic will be able to deal with one institution,” reads a press release of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic.

This consolidation will “enhance the effectiveness of interaction between the state and businesses, and will make the procedure as simple and convenient as possible for the people, Russian companies and their foreign partners.”

The reform will also promote the systemic development and creation of more favorable conditions for doing business in the Russian Far East and Arctic.

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