Russia has high hopes for the future of the northern Sea Route and invests nearly €23.4 million in development of ten emergency and rescue centers from Murmansk in the West to Chukotka in the East.
Three of the centers will be located on Chukotka and Anadyr, the other seven in Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Naryan-Mar, Vorkuta, Nadym, Dudinka and Tiksi. A total of 980 persons will be working at the centers.
Projects for the centers have already been prepared and construction is planned to be finished by 2015. The first one, to be established in the port of Dudinka, will open in August 2012.
The center in Murmansk will be ready be 2013, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Regional Development Aleksander Viktorov said at a conference called “Security and Cooperation in the Arctic: New Frontiers”, which recently was held in Murmansk, Regnum reports.
Cargo transport through the Northern Sea Route is expected to skyrocket in course of the next decade. While a total of 820,000 tons of goods was shipped along the Northern Sea Route in 2011, the volumes are expected to almost double in 2012.
The Barents Region has some of the last largest areas of intact natural woodlands in Europe. Scientists, bureaucrats and environmentalists from all four Barents countries cooperate on preserving the forest, but an international initiative is needed.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.