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Coordinating environmental protection for Siberia

A database has been developed for coordinating research initiatives on environmental concerns and solutions in Siberia. Researchers will be able to use this for individual and collaborative research related to environmental risks.
Coordinating environmental protection for Siberia
Russia's northern frontier of Siberia has contributed to the whole region's industry for decades. However the once-virgin territory has suffered significant environmental damage due to exploitation of natural resources, deforestation and compromised biodiversity caused by man.

Mishaps from substandard mining for petroleum and gas have affected the quality of water, soil and vegetation in the region. In addition, pipelines have criss-crossed into many neighbouring countries and affected the environment in both Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Forest fires and logging have also left the rivers and wetlands in a negative condition.

While much EU and Russian research has emerged on different areas related to environmental damage in Siberia and on ways to combat it, the initiatives lacked coordination and synergy. Newly Independent States (NIS) still boasting strong ties with Russia have for their own part also commissioned studies on gas and petroleum transportation.

The EU-funded project 'Man-induced environmental risks: monitoring, management and remediation of man-made changes in Siberia' (Enviro-risks) examined environmental risks caused by man and possible solutions. Activities worked to support the coordination and integration of EU projects to achieve these aims.

Enviro-risks established an efficient software tool for information exchange, gathering all research results and rendering them available to both professionals and the public to encourage awareness and environmental protection. It also supported budding researchers from the NIS in learning about the environment and health concerns in their region, as well as optimal health requirements.

Overall, the project's initiatives provided both NIS researchers and EU researchers with important access to environmental research, particularly with respect to projects accomplished under recent EU Framework Programmes. Such readily-available research stands to go a long way in helping Siberia to improve its environmental profile.

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