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New Research Projects Receives Support from Vostsibneftegaz

04 March 2020

East Siberian Oil and Gas Company (Vostsibneftegaz), Rosneft’s subsidiary, started new grant scheme for the realization of the most important scientific projects in the Krasnoyarsk Region. In 2020, the enterprise has provided funding for studying of the key ecosystems of Tunguska Nature Reserve, for a comprehensive assessment of the damage caused by wildland fires in Evenkiya, and for the creation of the first electronic Evenk-Russian Dictionary.

For six years, Vostsibneftegaz has been supporting scientific projects, which are beneficial for the Northern Territory of Evenkiya. In this year, the Company received more than 30 applications for grant scheme from scientific and social organizations of the Siberian Federal District.

Presentation of the best scientific projects was held in Krasnoyarsk during the round table on cooperation with the indigenous minorities of the North. Environmentalists and representatives of local communities and regional authorities commended the importance of the grant scheme for the Evenki municipal region of the Krasnoyarsk Territory and for the contribution of Rosneft to the social and environmental sphere of the territory of its presence.

In 2020, with the support of Vostsibneftegaz, the implementation of the Tunguska Nature Reserve project will be continued. Last year, Russian scientists, together with colleagues from the United States, Czech Republic and Italy, have conducted research of the bottom sediments of the reserve’s deep-water lakes to obtain data on the natural events in Evenkia, the most mysterious of which is the fall of the Tunguska Meteorite. This year, within the grant scheme, specialists will conduct a comprehensive analysis of the sustainability of ecosystems in the reserve under the low levels of anthropogenic impact. According to biologists, the project is necessary to deal with fundamental issues related to climate change and natural systems of the region. Based on the data obtained, changes occurred over the past two thousand years in ecosystems will be observed. Also, due to gathered information, in the future specialists will be able to forecast fire conditions in the Eastern Siberia forests.

The Siberian Federal University’s Institute of Ecology and Geography’s project will help in assessing the consequences of the extensive wildlife fires in Eastern Siberia in summer 2019. Scientists will assess conditions and stability of the Central Evenkiya landscape by means of comprehensive analysis of vegetation cover and soil conditions after the fire at experimental sites. A comprehensive monitoring will be held for the first time throughout the region. The expected results will form the basis for assessing the potential of the northern landscapes of the Krasnoyarsk Territory for restoration and will help to develop detailed recommendations for natural resources recovery.

Evenki linguists from the Yakutsk Scientific Center at the Institute for Humanitarian Research and Indigenous Studies of the North, with the support of Rosneft, will develop the first electronic version of the Evenki-Russian dictionary. The program will be adapted for extensive use and implemented at the unique site about the Evenki language, culture and folklore, created as part of the Revival of Evenki language project in 2018 by linguists of the Siberian Federal University with the support of Vostsibneftegaz.

Note for Editors:

he East Siberian Oil and Gas Company, a subsidiary of Rosneft Oil Company PJSC, develops the Yurubcheno-Tokhomsky oil and condensate field in the Evenki district of Krasnoyarsk Krai.

Supporting the culture and traditional way of life of indigenous people of Evenkiya is one of the key lines of social work of the company. During the years of the work in the region, Vostsibneftegaz has implemented a lot of social, charitable and grant programmes.

The Vostsibneftegaz grant scheme has been in operation for the sixth year, and the oil producers have supported 15 scientific projects such as the Siberian Federal University’s project to study the population of wild reindeer and lesser white-fronted goose listed in Red Book; Central Siberian reserve on research of a population of the Siberian sable, research institute of ecology of fishery reservoirs on working out of biotechnics of artificial reproduction of the Siberian taimen. The V. N. Sukachyov Institute of Forest of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences conducted studies of microbiological characteristics of soils of post-fire successions in forest cryogenic ecosystems in Middle Siberia, the Trade and Economics Institute of the Siberian Federal University developed scientific and practical justification for production of bread for the northerners with the use of topinambour - a perennial herbaceous tuber plant.

Implementation of the grant schemes helps save the unique natural environment, national culture, traditional way of life and cultural authenticity of indigenous population of Evenkiya.

March 4, 2020

Keywords: Environmental News 2020