Final Project Report 

As part of the project The Contribution of the Reproductive Health and the Quality of the Arctic Environment to the Well-Being of the Sami People within the Kola Peninsula on February 17 and 18, the Research Centre for Human Adaptation in the Arctic, Branch of the Federal Research Centre “Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences” held an international interdisciplinary seminar "Well-being of Saami People. The Value of Reproductive Health and Environmental Quality". The seminar and the relevant project activities supported by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and its Advisory Group International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic (ISIRA) got together more than 100 participants (in-person and online) to discuss health and environmental issues in the context of indigenous cultures, ecosystem change, environmental quality and health impacts, reproductive health and behavior, and the vulnerability and resilience of Arctic social-ecological systems.

The topics of science sections within the workshop included "General Health and Health Care Challenges in the Arctic Region", "Health Issues of Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic and Extreme North", and "The Contribution of Environmental Quality to Population Well-Being and Health". The speakers shared the data obtained not only in the Kola North, but also in different Arctic regions: in Yamal and the Arctic regions of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), as well as in the Republic of Khakassia, Eastern Siberia, Baikal, Finland and Sweden.

The presentations made at the seminar will be published as a collection of abstracts, and the program committee will select some of them for publication in the special issue.

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  • The comprehensive dialogue among indigenous people, researchers and decision-makers is needed to overcome and resolve health issues.
  • The proper education systems regarding the risk factors for diseases of the reproductive system and reproductive health is required including the development of skills for a healthy lifestyle and medical activity.
  • The overwhelming and detailed study is needed which will consider and include various specifics such as aspects as migration processes, accessibility of medical services and development of mobile patient transportation system, shortage of doctors and medical personnel in remote areas and birth rate stimulation with the help of regional payments, different ethical issues, the synergy between the closeness of nature and human longevity, the phenomenal resilience of indigenous peoples in the Arctic regions


Date and Location

17th - 18th February 2022, Russia, Apatity, Murmansk region. Online and in-person


IASC Working Groups / Committees funding the project


Project Lead

Natalia K. Belisheva (Russia)


Year funded by IASC



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