Joint EU – Russia - Canada – US Workshop on Collaborative Technological Research for Arctic Development. Brussels Oct 25-27, 2001. Interim Report.
"120 participants attended the Workshop: 37 from the Russian Federation; 55 from the EU, Norway and Iceland; 16 from Canada and 12 from the USA. A wide range of scientific and technological expertise was represented. The main objective was to obtain from this multi-disciplinary environment a clearer understanding of the real problems and needs of the circumpolar Arctic and to discuss/evolve a collaborative approach to addressing these problems and needs from the perspective of scientific and technological support. The Russian delegation was headed by Dr. Artur Nikolaevich Chilingarov (Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma), the European Commission by Directors Timo Summa (representing DG External Relations) and Professor Jean-Marie Martin of the Joint Research Centre (Institute for Environment and Sustainability), Canada by Her Excellency Shirley Serafini (Ambassador to Norway), and the USA by Mr. Walter Parker, US Arctic Commissioner. The Workshop was planned on the basis of 3 main themes: Theme A: Earth Observation and Environment Theme B: Natural Resources and Transport Theme C: Civil and Research Infrastructures There were 78 presentations in total, generally supporting improved networking of institutions, scientific/technological support to the issues of sustainable economic development, safety/security of communities, the environment and industrial/commercial operations, and the impacts of climate change." /.../