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Students from Russia and Scandinavian Countries Converged to Discuss Environmental Issues in Oulanka


Seven MSTU students from the Ecology and Environmental Engineering Department participated in the annual Barents Environmental Issues Seminar in Oulanka Research Station May 2-5, 2011.

As usual, the seminar was held in Oulanka Research Station of University of Oulu which is located in the virgin nature of Oulanka National Park in Finland. More than 30 students gathered together to take part in this unforgettable event. There were representatives from different countries of the Barents Region such as Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. Besides the Murmansk region there were also representatives from the Arkhangelsk region and the Republic of Karelia.

Five eventful days gave an opportunity to obtain a lot of relevant information related to environmental issues of the Barents Region. Each delegation presented the environmental situation of their home area. In addition to that there were some other lectures connected with the concept of sustainable development, sustainable usage of natural recourses, etc.

The main feature of this seminar is that it gives students an opportunity to share their own ideas and opinions in negotiation tasks and workshops that facilitate an open dialog and ideas exchange. One of the advantages of this seminar is that it made it possible to discover how industry and tourism clash with nature conservation and traditional lifestyles of indigenous people. This collision of interests and ability to solve it in a sustainable way is one of the most important things that students learned as well as the comprehensive overview of hot environmental issues.

Students made a lot of friends and gained valuable communication experience. The connections between students are most probably the main goal of this seminar. So, if you are active and interested in environmental issues, don't miss the seminar next year!