Rural Development is not an active project, yet it is an already-running initiative that has been showcased on the 2013 General Assembly of the Northern Forum by a Head of Shapsha village from Khanty-Mansiyskiy AO, Russia - a village with impressive results of sustainability.
Climate change, increasing energy costs and the need to reduce the production of greenhouse gas emissions have generated a new focus on sustainable energy production, particularly in remote and northern regions. Significant work has been done through the Arctic Council to look at oil and gas resources, but little focus has been given to the development of resources and technologies to improve energy efficiency and energy security. There is a need to have a closer look at sustainable energy technologies, their development and application, as a way to support more sustainable economic and community development. The 2008 SDWG Energy Report to Ministers recommended an Arctic Renewable Energy Assessment to report on” the status of renewable energy developments in the northern circumpolar region, and to assist in identifying a research agenda in relations to Arctic renewable energy issues.” (p.28)
Presentation by Lyubov Ovcheryukova, head of Shapsha village of the Khanty-Mansiysk AO, at the RCC Meeting in Moscow in October 2013 – about work carried out on sustainable development in the village.
Leading region: Khanty-Mansiysk
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