Nikolay Patrushev believes environmental security will be critical for the international community in the years ahead and especially voices concern about the situation in the Arctic. Talking with newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta, the Security Council Secretary underlines that the increasing intensity in Arctic oil extraction will ultimately lead also to higher environmental risks in the region.
“We are carefully assessing these risks and envisage a system for risk neutralization”, Patrushev says. According to the high-ranking official, a set of new procedures on state examination of industrial projects and possible environmental hazards could be introduced.
The national security leader at the same time underpins Russia’s close cooperation with foreign countries in the area. “The Arctic region is becoming an utmost important arena for interaction between Russian and its foreign partners in the area of international, military, energy and information security”, he highlights.
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.