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On the initiative of the UNDP/GEF/EU project “Strengthening Protected Area System of the Komi Republic to Conserve Virgin Forest Biodiversity in the Pechora River Headwaters Region”, the academic and research workshop “Climate and permafrost in the European Northeast in the past, today and in the future” was held on 27 April 2017 at the Institute of Natural Sciences, Pitirim Sorokin Syktyvkar State University. Students and lecturers from the departments of biology and ecology participated in the workshop. Alexander Novakovsky, staff member of the Institute of Biology, Komi Science Center, RAS, Ph.D. of Biological Sciences, made a report on climate models and their use for weather and climate forecasting. Dmitry Kaverin, staff member of the Institute of Biology, Ph.D. of Geographical Sciences, made a report on climatic changes and their influence on landscapes in the north of Russia. A practical guide for schoolchildren and students on climate change information for efficient adaptation developed by a group of authors headed by Nina Shergina, Ph.D. of Biological Sciences, lecturer of the Department of Biology, was presented at the workshop. Svetlana Zagirova, UNDP/GEF/EU Project Monitoring Expert, presented the results of testing, which had been conducted among students before the workshop in order to evaluate their level of knowledge in the field of climatic issues. The workshop organizers and participants made a conclusion of the students’ insufficient awareness in the field of climate change issues and climate change adaptation in the region.

The workshop participants recognized the importance of further cooperation with the project because of its large accumulated experience in organizing and conducting monitoring of unique natural areas in the Republic of Komi. They discussed the reports and the results of testing and recommended heads of the departments to hold regular meetings with representatives of conservation organizations and academic institutions to consider climatic issues.

The workshop participants expressed their gratitude to the UNDP/GEF project management for holding the workshop.