UNEPCOM endorses Rosneft’s Arctic research initiative

The Russian National Committee for UNEP (UNEPCOM) endorsed the initiative of Rosneft and the Russian Geographical Society to elaborate interdisciplinary scientific program for comprehensive Arctic research.

Rosneft says that this program will help set out the principles of special economic activity regulations in the region, including clear ecological rules of shelf development.

This initiative was first announced during the round-table called “The scientific exploration of the Arctic” on July 21, 2014. The round-table was held at the Arctic Research and Design Center (a joint venture of Rosneft and ExxonMobil) center. According to Rosneft, leading experts studying the polar areas will take part in creating the program. These scientists made significant contributions to the development of oceanography, geology, glaciology, ecology, biology of the seas, climatology and meteorology, Rosneft says.

The company goes on to add that these scientists will set priorities in the Arctic research and will develop international scientific cooperation.

The Russian National Committee for UNEP (UNEPCOM) was established in 1994 as a joint initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), a number of the Russian Federation state organizations, including the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as scientific and business community of the country.

The main purpose of UNEPCOM is bringing together scientific, business and civil society to address the problems of the environment and to promote sustainable development of Russia.

In 2011, Rosneft joined the Russian National Committee for UNEP. Academician Laverov Nikolai Pavlovich, a member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the Interdepartmental commission on environmental safety of the Russian Security Council is the president of UNEPCOM.

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