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The panel discussion was attended by First Deputy Minister of EMERCOM of Russia Alexander Chupriyan, Deputy Chairman of the State Commission for the Development of the Arctic Vladimir Panov, representatives of other departments and agencies.

Opening the event A. Chupriyan noted that the Arctic region is special due to its harsh climate, ecosystem, small population, vast territory and undeveloped infrastructure.

“The state leadership has set the task of comprehensive development of the emergency rescue infrastructure in the Arctic. This is necessary for the effective implementation of investment and infrastructure projects in the region “, – stressed the First Deputy Minister of EMERCOM of Russia.

The tasks of increasing the level of protection of the territory from existing threats are jointly performed by the rescue units of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Health, Rosatom and companies of the fuel and energy complex. Therefore, this issue requires a unified approach, a legal framework, as well as the experience of other states. This will make it possible to effectively use and develop the Arctic zone, namely, to interact during search and rescue operations at sea and on land, to carry out evacuation and provide medical assistance, to attract investments and create new jobs.

In the Arctic region, there are currently 7 Arctic integrated emergency rescue centers of the EMERCOM of Russia, designed to search and rescue people on water bodies, in the forest-tundra, as well as to provide emergency assistance. In the coming years, their number is planned to increase.

The EMERCOM of Russia also takes an active part in the development of new technologies and methods of using equipment, forces and means, methods of rescue, control, modeling and forecasting in the Arctic.

The meeting participants also discussed the issues of improving the legislation on emergency rescue activities in the water area of ​​the Northern Sea Route.

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