Northwest Russia is a remote and sparsely inhabited Arctic wilderness interspersed with centers of human population and industrialization along the coast. Cargo shipping, military, minerals extraction, and petroleum operations are key economic drivers in the region while the region’s unique natural resources sustain local fisheries and ecotourism.

Akvaplan-niva with its subsidiary, Akvaplan-niva Barents and in cooperation with our Russian partners has extensive experience providing marine, coastal and freshwater environmental services to our clients with interests in the Arctic and other regions of Russia.

Environmental Assessments

We provide services to Russian and international industries running and planning activities in Russia to obtain accurate, up to date, information on the environmental issues that affect their businesses. We provide our with the best available information on the ecosystems, biological resources and environment in the region. We assist them in identifying and implementing solutions according to their specific needs, international practices and national regulations.

We carry out feasibility studies, environmental impact and and risk assessments. We run pollution monitoring projects for all types of sources to the environment of pollutants including petroleum products, heavy metals, and radionuclides. Our monitoring programs are carried out in accordance with Russian national and international (EU, World Bank) standards and methods. Akvaplan-niva has accredited environmental laboratories and conducts inter-calibration exercises with key Russian analytical laboratories. Senior experts from Akvaplan-niva Barents are Russian certified environmental auditors and members of the Environmental International Auditors Society.

Akvaplan-niva in Action

Akvaplan-niva , together with the State Committee on Environmental Protection of the Russian Federation (Goskomekologia Rossii), led the Expert group on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Joint Norwegian-Russian Commission. The Expert Group conducted bilateral information exchange workshops among national and regional environmental authorities, industry, research and environmental organisations. An evaluation report with workshop results was published by the Expert Group. <span>Image by Akvaplan-niva</span>
The ecology of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug exhibits a number of unique features and the region's economy is mainly linked to the oil and gas industry. Akvaplan-niva together with the Nenets Information Analytic Centre (NIAC) developed the Nenets Environmental Database (GIS) as a support tool for decision-makers from the regional authorities. <span>Image by NIAC</span>
Every two years, Akvaplan-niva in cooperation with Bioforsk Svanhovd issues a status report for the Barents Sea region on oil and gas transport from Russia through the Barents Sea. The report provides the latest information on resources and production, transportation and logistical systems, and oil spill response in Russia and Norway with focus on Arctic coast. It concludes with an evaulation of the prospects for transportation and supports decision-making on shipping safety and oil pollution prevention in the region. <span>Image by Kystverket</span>
Akvaplan-niva Barents conducted an environmental impact assessment of the diamond mining project in Yakutia in Eastern Siberia. The assessment provides information on the potential sources and impacts of environmental damage together with recommendations on mitigation measures for the proposed mining operations. <span>Image by Yakutia newspaper</span>
Akvaplan-niva in cooperation with the Northern branch of PINRO and Arkhangelsk department of the Arctic Marine Directorate carried out study of post oil spill damage assessment in Norway and Russia. A manuals for cleanup and recovery monitoring of Arctic coastal environments was produced based on the results of studies of two accidental oil spills in Norway and Russia and earlier experiences and practices. The guidelines were field tested in the White Sea pilot area. <span>Image by Lars Henrik Larsen</span>
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For More Information

Alexei Bambulyak
Tromsø, Norway

Related Reading

Monitoring hazardous substances in the White Sea and Pechora Sea: harmonisation with OSPAR's Coordinated Environmental Monitoring Programme (CEMP).

Savinov, V.S., Larsen, L.H., et al. (2011)


Oil transport from the Russian part of the Barents Region.

Bambulyak, A. and Frantzen, B. (2011)

The Norwegian Barents Secretariat and Akvaplan-niva.