Interview with Dr. Alexey Kokorin, WWF Russia  

interview by Eleonora Milazzo – ACCEL European Fellow

Photo by ©Dayanita Ramesh, ACCEL North American Fellow
Photo by ©Dayanita Ramesh, ACCEL North American Fellow

“Climate alteration in the Arctic is more consistent than in the Tropics or at other latitudes. Arctic vegetation and wildlife have very good adaptation capacity but adaptation requires time, and climate change in the Arctic is happening too fast…”

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Dr. Alexey Kokorin, WWF Russia

Head of Climate and Energy Program at WWF Russia since 2000.23_3

In 1981, Alexey Kokorin graduated from Moscow State University (MSU), Russia, with honours (Physics department, geophysical section). In 1984, Mr. Kokorin got an academic degree compatible to a PhD (Candidate Physics and Mathematics Science with emphasis geophysics) in MSU. In 1984-1999, he worked as Senior and then Leading Scientist at the Russian Academy of Science (Institute of Global Climate and Ecology) focusing on atmospheric physics, environmental pollution, and climate change. Dr. Kokorin authored more than 100 scientific articles.

Alexey Kokorin was involved in UNFCCC negotiations as Russian official delegate from 1994 to 1999 (climate advisor to the Russian Minister of Ecology in 1998-1999) and as WWF’s delegate from 2000. He participated to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (4AR) awarded by Nobel Peace Prize for popularization of climate science. Dr. Kokorin took part in almost all of the UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties and sessions of its Subsidiary Bodies. He presented reports at more than 150 international and domestic conferences, and held workshops about the UNFCCC negotiations and other relevant issues.

Alexey Kokorin has been project leader or key expert of more than 20 projects on climate change problems, mainly relating to the UNFCCC negotiation process and climate policy in Russia and Central Asia countries. These projects were funded by WWF’s “family” of national organisations, USAID, UK FCO, UNEP, US EPA, EU TACIS, SIDA, etc. In particular, between 2008 and 2011, Alexey Kokorin served as key expert of the EC project “Support Kyoto Protocol Implementation” in 12 countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (his expertise was focused on post-2012 international climate regime and adaptation/ mitigation approaches, policies and measures in Russia and Central Asia countries). Between 2011 and 2013 he was project leader of USAID project “Adaptation and Low-Carbon Development in Key Russian Regions” (Arctic and Far East). Dr. Kokorin is author of wide range of ecological, economic and policy studies on Russian and international climate policies and measures.

Most recently, Alexey Kokorin has been working on climate policy in Russia and Central Asia, including its harmonization with EU (issues of global long-term agreement on climate change). He is also focusing on raising awareness among a wide range of stakeholders about results and conclusions of the IPCC 5AR.

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Interview with Chantal Bilodeau, playwright and translator

interviewed by Eleonora Milazzo – ACCEL European Fellow

Illustrations by Dayanita Ramesh - ACCEL North American Fellow
Illustrations by Dayanita Ramesh – ACCEL North American Fellow

“I’m originally from Canada and the Arctic is part of what I consider being Canadian. But I had never been that far north until I went to Alaska on a summer vacation in 2007. The place blew me away. It was so unique and foreign; it really captured my imagination.

At that time, I was well aware that things were changing and climate change was becoming a major threat. When I came back, I started doing research. I realized that the Arctic is the canary in the coalmine, and that understanding the issues affecting it will help us understand how climate change is affecting the rest of our world…”

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Chantal Bilodeau, playwright & translator

Chantal Bilodeau is a New York-based playwright and translator originally from Montreal. She is the Artistic Director of The Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 12.49.20Arctic Cycle an organization created to support the writing, development and production of eight plays that examine the impact of climate change on the eight countries of the Arctic and the founder of the blog Artists And Climate Change.

Recent awards include the Woodward International Playwriting Prize as well as First Prize in the Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival and the Uprising National Playwriting Competition. She is the recipient of a Jerome Travel & Study Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Productions include Sila (Underground Railway Theater, 2014), Hunger (Bated Breath Theatre Company, 2011), The Motherline (New York International Fringe Festival, 2009), Pleasure & Pain (Magic Theatre; Foro La Gruta, Teatro La Capilla and Festival de Teatro Nuevo León in Mexico City, 2007), and the English translations of Holy Land by Mohamed Kacimi (3rd Kulture Kids, 2014), Bintou by Koffi Kwahulé (The Movement Theatre Company, 2010) and Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre by Larry Tremblay (Alberta Theatre Projects, 2010). Her work has been read and developed at theaters and universities across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Mexico, Italy and Norway.

Her translations include over a dozen plays by contemporary playwrights Julien Mabiala Bissila (Congo), Sébastien David (Quebec), Mohamed Kacimi (Algeria),  Koffi Kwahulé (Côte dIvoire), Étienne Lepage (Quebec) and Larry Tremblay (Quebec).

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Youth in the Arctic: A Breakout Session Connecting the Leaders of Tomorrow and Today

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 15.56.04The Arctic Climate Change Emerging Leaders Fellowship (ACCEL), Barents Regional Youth Council, Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP), Reykjavik University, and Youth Arctic Coalition invite you to participate in a workshop and question and answer session with Admiral Robert J. Papp, U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic and the top U.S. Government Arctic official.

The session will take place at the Arctic Circle Conference on Friday, October 31st from 5:00 to 6:30 PM and focus Arctic youth (ages 18-35).

Join us at the conference or follow @ArcticAmb for constant updates from Reykjavik!

Check out the event invitation below:

Arctic Circle Invite – Youth



Opportunities and prospects of international cooperation

written by Eleonora Milazzo – ACCEL European Fellow

People in the Arctic. Illustrations by Dayanita Ramesh - ACCEL North American Fellow
People in the Arctic. Illustrations by Dayanita Ramesh – ACCEL North American Fellow

Taken together, the Arctic 101 series has introduced you to the fascinating Arctic region, to its main features and challenges. Much more remains to be said and it would be nearly impossible to cover the full range of issues concerning the modern-day High North. To conclude this series, we will sum up some of the most controversial issues that have emerged during this journey to the Arctic, and we will look to the future and see what to expect in the coming years…

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The Arctic: the role of indigenous peoples

written by Eleonora Milazzo – ACCEL European Fellow

Illustrations by Dayanita Ramesh - ACCEL North American Fellow
Illustrations by Dayanita Ramesh – ACCEL North American Fellow

Dr. Bernard Funston (Northern Canadian Consulting) underlined in his interview with ACCEL that:

“(…) we often talk about sustainable development in the Arctic and we seem to fail to understand that until very recently indigenous peoples were living sustainably. We don’t have to teach them but learn from them.”

What we need to understand as we approach the topic of Arctic sustainable development is that incorporating local and indigenous knowledge is paramount for the future of the Arctic.

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