A new French strategy for the Arctic and Antarctica

A new French strategy for the Arctic and Antarctica

Recognized globally for its contribution to polar research, France knows “Twenty Years Dramatic Booth”، France’s 2030 Arctic StrategyAnd the Announced Tuesday, April 5th. While it ranks sixth in the world for its scientific publications in this field, its facilities in the Arctic and Antarctica are at the end of their rope, and the lack of staff at the Paul-Emile Victor Institute (IPEV), which handles all the logistics, is public knowledge.

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Several parliamentary acts confirmed this again in 2021. The new Director of the Institute, Jan Robert-Kudert is also welcome “Breath of Fresh Air” It is represented by the roadmap that was revealed on Tuesday. “A research station like Concordia, which is located in a hostile environment in Antarctica, dies, if you stop it, you cannot restart it, Said the scientist, delighted by “oFinally getting the means to regenerate it.”

The state has already announced that it wants to allocate 15 million euros for the rehabilitation of this Franco-Italian scientific base, in operation since 1997, built inside the White Continent, as well as 60 to 66 million euros for the rehabilitation of Dumont d’ Urville opened in 1956 on the coastal coast , in the land of Adélie. At the same time, the polar search towards the far north must be rebalanced, in particular, with the establishment of a logistics office in Nuuk in Greenland, which has experienced repeated bouts of extreme melting recently. As Mr. Boever Darfur notes:

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“Greenland has become the balcony of the disaster, we will develop a station and new research programs there, including the humanities with the local population.”

300 to 800 million euros

The scientists present Tuesday morning stressed the importance of their presence in the North Pole and Antarctica, this “Planetary thermostat” Where sea level rise plays an essential part of CO2 capture2 In the ocean, migrations of species, warming. “This is the first time that a country has presented a global strategic vision targeting the poles, accompanied by programmed financial commitments until 2030”Diplomat supports. This can come “300 to 800 million euros in the next eight years”Says Worldbut a large part of the trade-offs still have to be made.

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