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RN-Vankor supports development of Taymyr’s digital vegetation map

18 April 2024

Thanks to grant support of RN-Vankor, scientists from the Sukachev Institute of Forest have produced a digital map of the main types of vegetation cover of the Taymyr Peninsula. Biologists have mapped the tundra using modern remote sensing and GIS-technologies. They have analysed climatic, biotic and anthropogenic factors. Such research is particularly important in the face of climate change and Arctic exploration.

The data obtained indicate an increase in the productivity of the vegetation cover of the Taymyr, including the area along the Arctic coast. The greening of the tundra contributes to the expansion of the reindeer forage base and confirms the self-regeneration capacity of the vegetation cover. In addition, the study found a 6% decrease in the area of water bodies in the Taymyr over the last 20 years, indicating a change in the hydrological regime in the Arctic zone under the influence of global climate warming.

The Taymyr Peninsula is the summer migration area for the bulk of the wild reindeer population. In addition, the main population of domestic reindeer – around 120,000 animals – is located in the western Taymyr. Changes in the productivity of the tundra vegetation cover, the main forage base for these animals, and in temperature and water regimes affect the state of the population, which ultimately affects the numbers of wild and domestic reindeer, the main bioindicator species of the Russian Arctic and the main economic animal of the peoples of the North.

Environmental protection, preservation of local ecosystems and prudent use of natural resources are key priorities in the Company’s operations. Rosneft is implementing Vostok Oil, the "greenest" oil production project in Krasnoyarsk Krai. The most advanced environmental technologies have been incorporated into the design. RN-Vankor has implemented around 150 environmental, social and grant projects and programs during its time in the region.


The results of the first competition for grants to support scientific research of applied significance for the Taymyrsky Dolgano-Nenetsky District of Krasnoyarsk Krai were summed up at the EcoArctic Forum, organised for the first time in Taymyr by RN-Vankor.

The competition aims to contribute to the solution of socially significant problems for the territory of the indigenous minorities of the North, the development of scientific knowledge about the territory, the preservation of its biological diversity, and the support of the traditional way of life of the local population.

The RN-Vankor grant program involved research teams from leading Siberian universities, the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and state nature reserves. In total, more than 20 projects were submitted for the grant competition.

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April 18, 2024

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