Plenary Session "Climate Change and Permafrost Response"
September 28, 2021. 14.00 - 16:00 Moscow time (20.00 - 22:00 Yakutsk time)
65% of the territory of Russia consists of cryolithic zone. Permafrost soil is the most important component of the natural environment, on which the relief, vegetation, and coastline depend. The cryolithozone is closely related to climate change and has a large impact on emission of greenhouse gases.
Warming in the Arctic - the climatic center of the planet - is happening faster than experts expected. This process affects not only the environment but also the existing infrastructure: due to the thawing of permafrost, accidents occur at industrial and housing, and communal facilities.
What does permafrost mean for our country and for the planet as a whole? What could the degradation of permafrost lead to and how to minimize the consequences of it?
- Alexey Chekunkov, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic;
- Alexander Kozlov, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation;
- Vyacheslav Fetisov, Deputy of the State Duma, UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic, Chairman of the All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation;
- Nikolai Korchunov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, senior official of the Arctic Council from the Russian Federation;
- Aisen Nikolaev, Head of the Sakha Republic;
- Igor Shumakov, Head of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring;
- Alexander Dyukov, General Director of PJSC Gazprom Neft;
- Alison Le Claire, Ambassador of Canada to Russia;
- Toyohisа Kozuki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Russian Federation;
- Mika Riipi, Governor of Lapland;
- Vladimir Melnikov, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian scientist-geocryologist;
- Qin Dahe, Chinese climatologist, Head of the China Meteorological Office;
- Paolo Venturini, Italian extreme sportsman.