Plenary session ‘The Arctic - ecological balance and development prospects’
On November 21 in the framework of The Arctic Days in Moscow a plenary meeting called ‘The Arctic: ecological balance and development prospects’ was held. It was a key event of the international scientific conference ‘The Open Arctic’ which took place at the Central House of Scientists RAS.
The conference was attended by more than 600 scientists, experts and representatives of public organizations from Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Norway, Iceland and Czech Republic.
A key topic of the meeting was the work in the northern region of Russia, its prospects and the factors that should be borne in mind. As pointed out by Minister of Natural Resources Sergey Donskoy, next year the development of the North will be the key factor in the economic growth of Russia. «The work in the Arctic is not a sprint, but a long marathon. We are only beginning to study this region," - he said.
According to the speakers, the Arctic countries must make every effort to develop the region effectively and harmoniously. People will have to learn how to produce the Arctic resources efficiently without harming its complex and fragile ecosystems.
«Today the development of the Arctic territories is one of the priorities of the Russian policy, and environmental security is the basis of our work in the region, - said first Vice-President of the Russian Geographical Society Artur Chilingarov - so it is difficult to overestimate the importance of this conference.»
The results of the plenary session will be systematized, published and replenish the body of knowledge about the Arctic.