SUNRAISE stakeholder-academia collaborative platforms

Stakeholder-academia collaboration platform for sustainable development of the mountain region of Altai and Sayany (Платформа для организации сотрудничества  по содействию устойчивому развитию Алтае-Саянского экорегиона)

This collaborative platform was set up by Gorno-Altaisk State University (Russia) and NGO "Altai-Sayany Mountain Partnership" in December 2018 in order to coordinate and steer interactions between the academia and stakeholders involved to sustainable managegement and governance over the vast mountain system of Altai and Sayany edging Russian Siberia from the South and reaching to Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia. The platform was set-up as a national one for now. However, in order to ensure the sustainability of this unique bioregion, an ambition is to go international at certain point. As per April 2019, it was joined by Katunsky Biosphere Reserve and Siberian Federal University (Institute for Ecology and Geography); more potential members have expressed their interest.

The idea of the Platform (as well as other activities of SUNRAISE) have been presented in Gorno-Altaisk to local stakeholders on a seminar of February 21, 2018 (see meeting agenda and the workshop summary), and the establishment of the Platform was announced and further promoted to stakeholders on the roundtable of February 26, 2019 (see meeting agenda and the roundtable summary report).

The Platform is open to join to any interested parties. Here is a a template agreement for the parties willing to join the Platform (RU only) and a registration form (RU only). The focal point for the Platform is Dr. Tatiana Yashina of Altai-Sayany Mountain Partnership (altai-yashina@yandex.ru).

 

 

Platform for Cooperation for Stakeholders to Promote Sustainable Development in the Himalayan Eco-region

Sustainable development of the Himalayan eco-region is priority in present era. Recognizing its importance, the interaction of scientific community academia with potential employers and other stakeholders is required to have connection between Science, Policy and Practices. The platform for cooperation has been formed by Kumaun University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and NGO Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA) an NGO initiated the cooperation in April 2018 and both agreed to work in a common platform from March 2019 in order to coordinate and implement joint activities by improving the quality of training of future specialists in the field of natural resource management. In the future it may consider to broaden the scope of this cooperation on the basis of additional contracts and agreements.

The purpose of the platform to involve a greater number of potential employers in the improvement of the educational process, the Parties are conducting carry out field activities in Himalayan eco-region - round tables, seminars, etc. The platform will also attempt for study of the needs of employers in the region along with development of specific programs, adapted for the purpose of sustainable management of natural resources in the region.

The concept of platform was discussed during meeting on 8th March 2019 (see minutes) and is open for interested institutions and parties. Prof. P.C. Tiwari, department of Geography, Kumaun University (pctiwari@yahoo.com) is the nodal person for the platform and the focal point of the platform is Dr. Pankaj Tewari, Executive Director of Central Himalayan Environment Association (pankutewari@gmail.com and executive_director@cheindia.org).

 

 

Stakeholder-academia collaboration platform for sustainable development of Arctic (Платформа для организации сотрудничества  по содействию устойчивому развитию Арктики)

Russian State Hydrometeorological University was among the founders of the National Arctic Research and Education Consortium (NANOK), which Siberian Federal University later joined. Officially registered in November 2017, NANOK currently unites 33 universities, research organizations, industrial associations and NGOs. The consortium is focused on the creation of a common scientific and educational space that provides high-quality information and analytical support for the development projects of the Russian Arctic, including the coordination of scientific and educational activities.

The purpose of the Consortium is to consolidate resources in the field of personnel and scientific support for sustainable socio-economic development and development of the northern and Arctic territories of the Russian Federation.

As part of the activities of the National Arctic Research and Educational Consortium, the First All-Russian Competition of student research papers on the Arctic topics took place in late 2017 to stimulate students' research on the Arctic. The competition was held with the support of the companies Gazpromneft-Sakhalin LLC, Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill JSC, First Mining Company JSC. The competition was coordinated by the M.K. Ammosov Northeastern Federal University. Two RSHU students were among the prize winners.

RSHU and SFU participate in NANOK meetings, and contribute to implementation of the roadmap developed by the association. NANOK sessions were attended by SUNRAISE participants from RSHU and SFU during the VIII International Forum "Arctic: Today and the Future" (St Petersburg, 5-7 December 2018) and the International Arctic Forum 2019 “Territory of Dialogue” that took place in St Petersburg on 9–10 April 2019.

As part of the NANOK networking, SUNRAISE participants are also taking part in the Arctic Floating University 2019 expedition to Swalbard, having the task to collect visual materials and photos for the Arctic MOOC SUNRAISE consortium is developing.

While NANOK is becoming a powerful network in Arctic research and education, RSHU is also considers bilateral agreements with some Arctic actors to implement targeted and time-bound activities, or strengthen cooperation that already exists. One of them was signed on 21 November 2018 with the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration registered in Salekhard, aimed at fostering information exchange on outcomes and perspectives of Arctic research and exploration; and in support of collaborative platform between educational institutions and labour market actors aimed at targeted capacity building and training in Polar regions. Another development of 2018 was the “Startup-Barents” platform (http://www.rshu.ru/barents/ ) which was not supported financially through Presidential grants. Plans exist to establish bilateral agreements with Tomsk State University BioClimLand Center, an interdisciplinary research cluster working in the field of life and earth sciences; Perm State University and their Polar Ural research station.

 The agreement signed by RSHMU and NANOK on the establishment of stakeholder-academia cooperation pursuing SUNRAISE ojective was signed on November 21, 2018; it is available here. The focal point for the Platform is Edurad Podgaisky of RSHMU ( podgaisky@gmail.com).