Draft ‘Arctic’ Policy

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  • January 25, 2021
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Draft ‘Arctic’ Policy

Part of: GS Prelims and GS- III – Environment

In news 

  • India has unveiled a new draft ‘Arctic’ policy that, among other things, commits to expanding scientific research, sustainable tourism and mineral oil and gas exploration in the Arctic region.

Key takeaways

  • India expects the Goa-based National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research to lead scientific research and act as a nodal body to coordinate activities under it.
  • Aim: (1) To put in place Arctic related programmes for mineral/oil and gas exploration in petroleum research institutes; (2) To encourage tourism and hospitality sectors in building specialised capacities and awareness to engage with Arctic enterprises.
  • Arctic research will help India’s scientific community to study melting rates of the third pole — the Himalayan glaciers, which are endowed with the largest freshwater reserves in the world outside the geographic poles.

Do you know?

  • India launched its first scientific expedition to the Arctic in 2007.
  • Himadri is India’s first permanent Arctic research station located at Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. 
  • It was set up during India’s second Arctic expedition in 2008.

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