June 8-9, the Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group (AC SDWG) held an online meeting contributed by 110 delegates, alongside guest experts, representing ministries in the Arctic counties and observer organizations within the Arctic Council. The two-day meeting was discussing the current and upcoming projects of SDWG.
NArFU contributed to the meeting by presenting the initiative titled “Regional Arctic Cluster: Bio-Resources and Technologies”, an element of a larger international project Arctic Foods Innovation Cluster, AFIC, coordinated by the University of Saskatchewan in Canada jointly with organizations in Norway, Finland, Iceland and USA.
This initiative has earlier received an endorsement from the RF Ministry of the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic as contributing to Russia’s efforts towards innovating and promoting the local foods sector in the Arctic Region. The research team of NArFU have come up with a number of scientific developments they are prepared to offer in the field of agroforestry, that rely on the best practices in agriculture, forestry, multiple use of bio-resources available in the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation, aquafarming, and Arctic bio-technology. These developments draw also on some of the research outcomes gained in the field of the production and processing of unique local foods and pharmaceuticals. It is expected that joint work will be contributed by training and research providers in the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation, as well as local SMEs.
Following the discussion, the project has been supported by all the Arctic countries, giving NArFU the official status of AC SDWG’s AFIC project co-manager on the Russian side.
With an endorsement from the top political body, the Arctic Council, the project paves the way for further international research collaborations in this area.
Department of International Cooperation