The Ministry of Economic Development is preparing a plan of Arctic's adaptation to climate change
The Ministry for the Development of the Far East and Arctic is developing a plan for adaptation to climate change in the Russian Arctic zone that will take into account the damage to the traditional economic activities of small indigenous peoples.
“The fact that the temperature in the Arctic rises faster than in the rest of the world has already been confirmed by the scientists. Unfortunately, these processes create many different risks, in particular for the traditional economic activities", said Deputy Head of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Alexander Krutikov at an online conference in the press center of Rossiya Segodnya. The conference was dedicated to the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples held annually on August 9.
First of all, he explained, warming affects flora and fauna. For example, in areas where reindeer were traditionally fed, climate change has led to a change in vegetation, and thus to a reduction in food resourses.
“Besides, there are plenty of other risks. Of course, we take them into account. Moreover, today we are preparing a plan for the Arctic's adaptation to climate change. This document is being prepared by the Ministry of Economic Development in accordance with the national adaptation plan for climate change. It will be prepared in 2021. Today we have gathered a group of 25 leading Russian scientists who are work on this plan", said the Deputy Minister. He has also added that scientists are calculating various aspects of climate impact on the Arctic’s natural environment. According to him, a separate aspect will affect the health of indigenous peoples, because the preservation of traditional lifestyles and traditional food is important for their health.