Team of Turkish scientists address environmental degradation in Arctic region

(MENAFN) A team of Turkish scientists, led by Orhan Ince from Istanbul Technical University (ITU), is embarking on a groundbreaking initiative to address environmental degradation in the Arctic region. The team, comprising 60 experts, aims to deploy scientifically validated engineering solutions to restore lands damaged by both natural processes and human activities, ensuring sustainable land use practices.

Orhan Ince, who heads ITU's Microbial Ecology Group and serves as the scientific director of the TerrArctic Mega Grant Project, funded by Russia's Ministry of Science and Higher Education through Tyumen State University, emphasized the profound impact of climate change over the past four decades. He underscored the urgency of mitigating Arctic degradation, crucial for preserving food and water security in the region.

The project's focal points include developing an emergency action plan to tackle ecological and environmental challenges in the Arctic. It will leverage innovative engineering solutions to formulate sustainable land use strategies, conducting comprehensive scientific studies and implementing engineering services across short, medium, and long-term timelines.

Ince outlined specific goals of the initiative, which encompass rehabilitating degraded areas, enhancing soil quality through bio-remediation techniques, and safeguarding food and water resources. Ultimately, the project aims to contribute to a healthier global environment for future generations, addressing critical ecological issues in one of the world's most sensitive and rapidly changing regions.



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