ST. PETERSBURG, December 9. /TASS/. The Clean Arctic federal project plans about 40 expeditions for the coming year - to remove the waste, remaining in the Arctic zone since the Soviet times, the project's COB Ruslan Gubaidullin told TASS.
"[This year we had] more than 30 expeditions, and we plan more than 40 missions for the coming year," he said on sidelines of the 12th international forum Arctic: Present and Future.
An average expedition continues for one week, he said, however, a few expeditions in 2022 continued for one month or for 45 days. Representatives from all Russian regions have participated in the project, he added.
Clean Arctic is a large-scale project to clean the Arctic territory from the waste, accumulated since the Soviet times. Captain of the 50 Let Pobedy nuclear-powered Arctic class icebreaker Dmitry Lobusov and Gennady Antokhin, Captain on FESCO’s ships from 1982 to 2012, are the project’s authors. Clean Arctic has developed into a platform, which unites public and volunteer organizations, scientists, officials and businesses. The project’s partners are Norilsk Nickel, Rosatom, PhosAgro, and RZD.
The 12th international forum Arctic: Present and Future is running in St. Petersburg on December 8 and 9. In 2022, Russia marks the 90th anniversary of the Northern Sea Route, the 85th anniversary of the world's first drifting scientific station, North Pole-1, and the 15th anniversary of the high-latitude Arctic deep-water expedition (2007). Special activities on the forum's agenda will be devoted to these events. The forum's organizer is the Association of Polar Explorers, supported by the Federation Council, the State Duma, the Ministry for Development of the Far East and Arctic, the Foreign Ministry and other authorities. Nornickel is the event's general partner. TASS is the general information partner.