Yakutia 24 TV with the reference to the Republic Department: Arctic Development Deputy Minister Mikhail Pogodaev took part in the Arctic Circle international assembly in Iceland, where it was proposed to implement a project in the republic to use the Northern Sea Route to ensure access of products of traditional industries of the North to foreign markets.
This project is already included in the list of the Russian-Norwegian working group on border cooperation.
“It is planned to implement the project in pilot mode in the Lower Kolyma ulus, where the traditional industries of the North are well developed, but residents are experiencing problems with the sale of products. And if the project is implemented, this problem will be solved, and even more – the goods to will be accessed to foreign markets,” said Mikhail Pogodaev.
He also noted that the timing of the project has not yet been set. The partners of the project are the Association of Reindeer Herders of the World, the International Center for Reindeer Herding, Tschudi Shipping, the Logistics Center of the Far North of the Northern University of Norway, and the Polar Institute of China. These organizations are ready to draw up a business plan and specify the issues of financing the project.
In addition, the forum discussed the prospects for the development of the Russian Arctic as a whole, highlighting positive examples of creating and implementing development strategies for certain promising regions of the Russian North, and also presented the draft “Strategy for the socio-economic development of the Arctic zone of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) until 2035.”
The Arctic Circle is the largest platform in the world to discuss the issues of sustainable development of the Arctic. Each year, more than two thousand members of the assembly discuss climate change in the Arctic, the socio-economic development of the northern territories, the sustainable development of the region, the preservation and development of the cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic.