GRID-Arendal's Managing Director Peter Prokosch joined the expedition to Franz Josef Land from 9-22 August 2012 on board m/v Ortelius of Oceanwide Expeditions. Peter Prokosch gave a lecture on Arctic environmental developments and Linking Tourism & Conservation. In 2009 Franz Josef Land (together with the Northern part of Novaya Zemlya) was declared a national park and named the "Russian Arctic National Park". In 2011 the government initiated a major cleaning up of wastes from some of the islands that were formerly used as military sites. The goal of the expedition is to learn more about these important developments in the high Russian Arctic and how they can be supported. The expedition also provided an opportunity to interview expedition participants on how they would like to see the Arctic in 2052.
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