Updating of Environmental 'Hot Spots' List in the Russian Part of the Barents Region: Proposal for Environmentally Sound Investment Projects.

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Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)
AMAP , NEFCO , Environmental hot spots
The Report on Updating of the environmental “hot spot” list in the Russian part of the Barents Region and proposals on environmentally sound investment projects has been carried out by a joint AMAP/Russian Expert Group (EG), with active participation of local environmental protection authorities and experts, and headed by the Secretariat of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). The project has been initiated and financially supported by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) as a follow-up of the request of the Kirkenes Summit of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC). During the meetings and field missions, EG collected and assessed the available information on environmental and human health problems caused by pollution sources in the administrative territories of the Russian Federation entering the Barents Region (Republic of Karelia, Republic of Komi, Murmansk Oblast, Arkhangelsk Oblast and Nenets Autonomous Okrug). It should be noted the available information from these territories was not always unified, and it has negatively influenced on harmonization of chapters dedicated to specific administrative territories. However, EG decided not to unify these chapters for the expense of valuable data and information, which was available not for all territories. Based on data and information obtained, the Expert Group has selected the most urgent areas of concern related to pollution sources, and outlined them as an updated “hot spot” list. This list consists of 42 “hot spots”, and proposals for 52 investment project aimed on mitigation of environmental impacts from these “hot spots”. The report is prepared and presented in English, and will be translated into Russian.