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JOURNAL: Volume 13, No. 4, 2023, p. 590-600

HEADING: Ecology

AUTHORS: Pitukhina, M.A., Belykh, A.D.

ORGANIZATIONS: Institute of Economics of the Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Petrozavodsk State University

DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2023-4-590-600

UDC: 504.75; 332.1

The article was received on: 05.04.2023

Keywords: environmental protection, single-industry towns, ecological tourism, corporate environmental responsibility

Bibliographic description: Pitukhina, M.A., Belykh, A.D. Environmental problems of the Russian Arctic single-industry towns in the population estimates. Arktika: ekologiya i ekonomika. [Arctic: Ecology and Economy], 2023, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 590-600. DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2023-4-590-600. (In Russian).


The article considers the environmental problems of single-industry towns in the Russian Arctic via population assessments. When assessing environmental problems, a whole range of studies is applied — a sociological survey of respondents living in the single-industry towns of Kirovsk and Kostomuksha, economic statistics and desk research. Desk research makes it possible to draw conclusions about environmental complaints of mono-town residents and the environmental responsibility of the largest enterprises in the Arctic.
The results of the study show that situation in Arctic regions with waste sorting and recycling is very acute. Almost all Arctic regions are among the outsiders.
In conclusion, the authors formulate recommendations to improve environmental policy pursued in the Arctic mono-towns taking into account the population opinion. The proposed recommendations include the development of a migration model for the Arctic mono-towns, implementation of measures for the disposal and recycling of municipal solid waste, strengthening public environmental control, economic incentives for the use of clean technologies, development of ecological tourism, etc.

Finance info: This work was supported by the Russian Science Foundation under Grant No.21-18-00500 Institutional design of single-industry towns in the Arctic zone  modernization and sustainable development.


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