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The Arctic Dialogue. Day 2: Development of sea routes and "green" rules of life

Transportation, environmental and socioeconomic issues of development of the Arctic were discussed during the second day of the Arctic Dialogue – 2021. The program was opened by discussion "Regional development experience (the Arctic zone of Russia) and terms of economic growth in the Arctic". Experts compared perspectives of Russian and foreign towns located in northern territories. Nadezhda Zamyatina, Deputy Director of ANO Institute of Regional Consulting emphasized uniqueness of living conditions in such locations.

Is transit through the Arctic attractive for foreign freight owners? And how is it beneficial for Russia as a coastal state? Are there different interpretations of legal status of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) – a major sea communication of Russia in the Arctic? These and other questions were reviewed by speakers during discussion "Development of the Arctic transport corridors. Economic cooperation in the Arctic".

Maxim Kulinko, Deputy Director of the Northern Sea Route Directorate at Rosatom State Corporation – an infrastructure operator of the Northern Sea Route – told abut ongoing work aimed at expansion of the icebreaking fleet of Russia and plans of providing year-round navigation in the Eastern direction of the Northern Sea Route.

Andreas Raspotnik, Senior Research Fellow at the Arctic Institute and the Wilson Center, spoke about the interest of European countries in development on sea routes through the Arctic and raised an issue, which could slower down that process.

During the final session of the second day, the participants discussed environmental programs and development of "green" technologies in the Arctic. The experts shared their experience of implementing initiatives and also analyzed problems and prospects of introducing principles of "green" economy in the North.

Research and educational program "The Arctic Dialogue – 2021" is implemented by the Gorchakov Fund in partnership with the Government of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, the Project Office for Arctic Development (PORA) and with the media support of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).

Panel discussions of the Arctic Dialogue are available to watch live online and as a recording on the YouTube channel of the Gorchakov Fund.

Read more in Russian here.