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MSTU organized seminar on sustainability of biological resources in the Arctic


On 18 February 2015 MSTU's Department of bioecology held scientific seminar under the topic "An efficient use of marine biological resources in the Arctic".

The purpose of this seminar was to discuss theoretical and practical problems regarding management and protection of water biological resources of the Arctic region.

The seminar was attended by an Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to the Russian Federation Vygaudas Ušackas. He presented report regarding EU's position in protection marine biological resources.

"Murmansk region could become a key region for implementation of UN programmes aimed at conserving of biodiversity on planet. Few years ago EU has developed so called Marine Directive. The Marine Directive uses an ecosystem approach in management of the biological resources", said Vygaudas Usackas.

According to him, MSTU has established good relationship with several European universities and colleges. In report Vygaudas Usackas reiterated that new EU's program "Erasmus +" could expand academic mobility between universities. Vygaudas Usackas also underlined that nearly 20 million euros per year will be allocated for "Erasmus +".

"I hope together we will do our best to protect biodiversity in the Arctic by using all available tools. We understand importance of the region where you live", emphasized also Vygaudas Usackas.

Participants discussed topics regarding biological resources, climate change impact on Arctic ecosystems. One of the most interesting topic was linked with reproduction of Atlantic salmon in Murmansk region.

The seminar was attended by students of bachelor and master programmes, professors, as well as researchers.