6th International Contact Forum on Habitat Conservation in the Barents Region, Arkhangelsk, Russia

6th International Contact Forum on Habitat Conservation in the Barents Region, Arkhangelsk, Russia

From May 31st to June 5th, the Government of the Arkhangelsk Region is organising the 6th International Contact Forum on Habitat Conservation in the Barents Region in Arkhangelsk, Russia.

One of the sessions of the Forum, led by Dr. Davydov, will be devoted to  exploring ‘Synergies between the natural and spiritual heritage’.  Alexander Davydov is the Head of the Laboratory of Nature Protected Areas and Ecology of Culture, of the Institute of Ecological Problems of the North, of the Russian Academy of Sciences, member of the The Delos Initiative and co-author of a case study on the Solovetsky Archipelago WHS, a sacred natural site that became a Gulag for dissidents during the communist era.

Dr. Davydov kindly invited Josep-Maria Mallarach, Delos Initiative joint co-ordinator,  to make the opening speech of this session discussing the purpose, goals, work done and perspectives of The Delos Initiative. Other participants of this session include Irjö Norokorpi from Finland, author of a Delos case study in Lapland, Mr. Sune Sohlberg, one of the leaders of CAFF project concerning to the Sacred Places in the Arctic, and several representatives from Norway, Sweden and Russia, including participants from the Murmansk Region, Komi Republic and the Karelian Republic.

This meeting will be a significant step towards the 3rd Workshop of The Delos Initiative, to take place in Inari, Lapland, Finland, 30 June-04 July (for more information see http://www.med-ina.org/delos/Inari%20Workshop.htm).