Petrozavodsk-Duluth Sister-City Joint Project



12 October 2021
For more than 30 years PetrSU has been cooperating together with the College of St. Scholastica (USA, Minnesota, Duluth). This autumn our university carries out another joint project “Sustainable Global Communities Collaboration” within UniVIP, US-Russia University Virtual Partner Program.

For more than 30 years PetrSU has been cooperating together with the College of St. Scholastica (USA, Minnesota, Duluth). This autumn our university carries out another joint project “Sustainable Global Communities Collaboration” within UniVIP, US-Russia University Virtual Partner Program.

Among all the project activities, the partners expect to hold several lectures by Russian and American professors specializing in environmental and sustainable development issues. The main objective of the project is to popularize the ideas of sustainable development for schoolchildren and students. In particular, the project involves creating multimedia and audiovisual materials based on various modern online platforms.

On September 30, Liudmila Sergienko, Professor of the Institute of Biology, Ecology and Agricultural Technologies, Doctor of Biological Sciences, delivered a lecture on the Arctic. American colleagues briefly got acquainted with the concept of the "Arctic", and also learned about the problems that scientists studying the ecology of the Arctic region are currently facing. The lecture touched upon the issues of physical, geographical and biotic features of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.

The report briefly covered the environmental risks that the Arctic nature is experiencing under global climate change, and showed the related maps of the coastal communities’ spread along the Russian Arctic coast.

The melting of Arctic ice, oil and chemical runoffs pollution, sea transport pollution of the northern seas, a decrease in the population of Arctic animals and a change in their habitat... The Arctic is entering a new phase of economic development, and a new arena for large-scale industrial projects, primarily related to the production and transportation of hydrocarbons, most likely, will be the coasts of the Arctic seas, where life is concentrated - a kind of nodal areas of ecosystems. These coastal ecosystems, salt marshes on mud coastal drylands and the estuarine zones of all Arctic rivers are inhabited by specific plant association with a unique structural and functional integrity,

  • shared Liudmila Sergienko.

The audience was also introduced to the White Sea ecosystems’ study that the Department of Botany and Physiology of Plants has been conducting for more than 20 years.

The lecture sparked a great interest of American colleagues, and it raised an amount of questions - are there so-called "green tides" in the estuaries of the Arctic rivers, caused by the rapid bloom of green algae. They also asked about the participation of the indigenous peoples of the North in regulating the environmental burden on the tundra communities. Many questions were also asked about the Arctic Council and its’ group engaged in the study and preservation of the Arctic shores biota. Since prof. Sergienko is a Russia’s representative in this group, she was able to briefly introduce American colleagues to the main problems that this working group deals with.

We all face the same problems, and therefore now more than ever it is important to work together to preserve our planet for future generations,

  • believe the participants.

The lecture was based on the materials of the grants "Gap and barrier analysis of Euro-Arctic coastal wetlands conservation" (Kolarctic-KO5004), "To the sustainability of the Arctic marsh ecosystem through integral management and restoration" (РФФИ 20-54-71002).

 

 Institute of Biology, Ecology and Agricultural Technologies

Address:
Main building (pr. Lenina, 33), room 363

Phone(s):
(814-2) 71-10-37

kuchko@petrsu.ru

 Department of Botany and Physiology of Plants

Address:
Main building (pr. Lenina, 33), room 316

Phone(s):
(814-2) 71-10-19

angella_sonina@mail.ru

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