Currently, Russia's environmental monitoring system includes 16 subsystems covering all components of the environment.
Russia's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment drafted a bill on amendments to the national environment law. The authority suggests making the system of ecology monitoring along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) part of the state environmental monitoring.
The main purpose of monitoring the NSR water area is to identify the impact of Arctic shipping on marine ecosystems and to respond promptly to emerging threats, thus to minimise the impact on the environment and biodiversity, Russia’s Minister of Natural Resources said.
Currently, the state environmental monitoring system includes 16 subsystems covering all components of the environment.
The monitoring includes regular observations, storage, processing, analysis and distribution of received information. A separate subsystem to monitor the Northern Sea Route waters will provide comprehensive and up-to-date information on environmental changes and will offer options to forecast their conditions.
The Northern Sea Route is the shortest sea route from Russia's European part to the Far East, and to Asia.