In the Arctic, problems are related to the preservation of the traditional way of life of indigenous peoples, the ecology and infrastructure
Environmental protection will be our agenda’s priority. The degradation of permafrost, climatic changes, in Russia, 65% of whose territory is permafrost – the very phenomenon of changing permafrost will be high on the agenda, we will do everything possible to minimize anthropogenic impact on nature, to preserve and restore the environment, sustainable use of natural resources, maintain the health of ecosystems, including marine, conservation of biodiversity, including migratory species of bird — Nikolay Korchunov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Everything that is connected with the development of the Arctic must be considered in the context of the opinions of indigenous peoples, it is necessary to take into account their way of life, their life experience. For many centuries they have lived in difficult conditions. [...] It seems to me that in the near future there will be important developments in the Arctic Council in terms of the unification of resources, technology, an understanding of the fact that without unity, a team, which should take upon itself the challenge of what we together have done in recent times. [...] We have together successfully destroyed 50% of all life on the planet Earth. Taking the debt from our children, today we must attend to a very important point: the unification of resources, technologies, understanding that together we can solve the problem — Vyacheslav Fetisov, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs; Chairman, Central Council, All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation.
The Russian Federation is seeing an increase in tourist interest, there are opportunities for growth, and the number of tourists in the Arctic has doubled in recent years. The growth in tourist traffic ahead could be significant. [...] However, there are problems with transport infrastructure — Elena Lysenkova, Deputy Head, Federal Agency for Tourism.