The International Arctic Forum “Arctic — Territory of Dialogue” and Russian Arctic National Park are starting work on a large-scale educational project. It will include creation of educational content with exclusive photo and video materials, online excursions, as well as organizing of the distance school of arctic volunteers. In the social networks of the International Arctic Forum the project will be launched in May.
Within the launch of the project polar explorers of Russian Arctic National Park shared exclusive new photos from the polar station “Omega” on Alexandra Island with the forum organizer, the Roscongress Foundation. This year first images of polar bears from the National Park are of great value: spring observations can give researchers a lot of information about life of the animals. Exactly this time she-bears come out with their cubs from their dens, as it is informed on the website of Russian Arctic National Park.
“We would like to make the Arctic a little closer and more real for everyone. Already today the platform of the International Arctic Forum is hosting the virtual “Arctic cinema”, where, I hope, video films from Russian Arctic National Park will be demonstrated soon. There are many inspiring ideas and projects ahead, and we are set up to long-term cooperation”, said Oksana Poletimova, the director of the International Arctic Forum “Arctic — Territory of Dialogue”.
According to the director of Russian Arctic National Park Alexander Kirilov, due to remoteness of the National Park from the mainland, most Russians would never have visited the archipelagos of Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya.
“Now, thanks to the project, everyone will be able to see the Arctic as it is. Thanks to support from the Roscongress Foundation, this dream will become real and everyone will be able to experience the atmosphere of the high-latitude Arctic without leaving home”, Alexander Kirilov said.
Russian Arctic National Park has been in existence since 2009. Today it is one of the largest protected areas in the world and the largest in Russia. The Park consists of two parts: the Northern and Southern clusters. The territory of the Franz Josef Land archipelago is the Northern cluster of the National Park. It is located in the north-eastern part of the Barents Sea and consists of 192 islands. Prince George Land, Wilczek Land, Graham Bell Island and Alexandra Land are the largest islands of the archipelago. Despite severe arctic climate, the Franz Josef Land archipelago is rich in flora and fauna: 12 species of mammals and 51 species of birds are found there. This list includes 6 species of animals listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation and the international Red Book: the polar bear, the Atlantic walrus, the Greenland whale, the narwhal, the ivory gull and the brant goose.