POPs Monitoring in the Russian Arctic: Issues of Design and Execution

Associate Professor Tatiana Sorokina

Issues related to protection of the Arctic environment are becoming increasingly urgent, as Arctic ecosystems are vulnerable to increasing anthropogenic pressures. The problem of protecting Northern nature from the effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which are dangerous for both biota and human health, is particularly acute. This is the presentation of the analyses of existing normative acts regulating monitoring activities in the Russian Arctic. It emphasizes gaps in legal regulation, which are particularly prominent with regard to monitoring the quality of traditional food consumed by indigenous peoples. The author introduces proposals to change the current legislation to improve the efficiency of the state monitoring system in the Russian Arctic. Such changes will also help to harmonize monitoring activities in Russia with other Arctic States and to fill in the gaps in the Global Monitoring Reports and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) reports on persistent organic pollutants in traditional indigenous food.


She is an Associate Professor of the Department of International and Comparative Law.

In 2006 she graduated from the law faculty of the Pomor State University named after M. V. Lomonosov in Arkhangelsk. In 2009 she graduated from the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. In 2011 he was awarded the title of candidate of law. Since 2011 he has been working in the Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M. V. Lomonosov in Arkhangelsk.

Tatiana is a manager of the research project supported by the Government of the Russian Federation “Development of methodology for monitoring, assessment, prediction and prevention of risks associated with the high level toxic polluting substances transfer via biological pathways. These substances can accumulate in the food chain and spread in Arctic ecosystems”.

Research areas:

  1. a) Environmental Rights;
  2. b) Environmental Monitoring;
  3. c) Environmental Regulation of shipping in the Arctic;
  4. d) Environmental Regulation of the Offshore Activities in the Arctic;
  5. e) Legal Regulation of the Transboundary Pollution of the Arctic Region.

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