“Nature and Cultural Inheritance of the White Sea”. Chupa, Karelia, July 17-19 2015.

chupa-conference-2015A scientific and practical conference “Nature and Cultural Inheritance of the White Sea: Perspectives of Preservation and Development” is going to be held from July 17 to July 19 2015 on the Vershinny Peninsula in the Village of Chupa, Karelia.

Organized by the “Basin Council of North Karelian Coast” with support from the Lighthouse Foundation international fund and International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Here is the preliminary program of the event:

Date, time


Author(s), comments

July 16 (Th. evening) – July 17 (Fri morning)

Arrival of the participants

July 17 (Friday)


Opening of the conference and greetings by the chairman of the Basin Council of North Karelian Coast, the coordinator of Lighthouse Foundation’s projects on the White Sea, the head of the Chupa Township, the head of Zelenoborsky, the head of the section on economic development of the district.

Yuri Nikolayevich Rybakov

Julia Sergeyevna Suprunenko

Juri Anatolyevich Davydov

Inna Mikhailovna Goncharova

Irina Nikolayevna Samarina


Approaches to planning sustainable development on the local level

Svetlana Frenova

Independent consultant on development and junior scientist at the Faculty of Social Sciences, VU, Amsterdam.


Development of rural entrepreneurship aiming at sustainable development:

European experience and foundations for its transfer to the White Sea region

Anna Vladimirovna Kan’shieva, M.A. in Economics, Padua, Italy.


Specifics of main stages of the White Sea flora and fauna protection

Maria Vedernikova, M.A. student, Russian Econimics University named after Plekhanov, Moscow


Coffee break


The development of a complex atlas of the White Sea

Alexey Vladimirovich Tolstikov, senior scientist of the Laboratory of Geography and Hydrology, the Institute of Water Issues of the North, Russian Academy of Sciences, the city of Petrozavodsk


The issues and perspectives of studying the White Sea from space

Natalia Vladislavovna Petrosian, engineer, St. Petersburg State University, the Institute of Earch Sciences, Faculty of Oceanology, St. Petersburg


“Improving the mechanism of preserving cultural landscapes and learning tourism on protected territories in the Karelian north”

Olga Shakleina, the Kostomuksha Nature Reserve.




Cultural landscapes and biological diversity of passerine birds in the Northern White Sea region

Il’ya Nikolayevich Panov, science fellow, the Institute of Problems of Ecology and Evolution named after Severtsov of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Information Center of banding of birds, Moscow


“The Common Eider, its saint patron, and transformation of information. How legends get started and how they turn into “scientific facts”

Alexandra Goryashko, Kandalaksha Nature Reserve.


Current situation and problems in the population of Pacific Salmon in the Varzuga river basin

Alexey Golenkevich, coordinator of the program for sustainable fishing of the Barents Sea section of the WWF of Russia. 


Coffee break



On new types of algae and their extraction – two reports.

Olga Viktorovna Maksimova, senior scientist in the laboratory of ecology of coastal bottom communities of the Institute of Oceanology named after Shirshov of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


«Natural riches of the Kandalaksha coast of the White Sea»

Yu. L. Voytekhovsky, professor, director of Geological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.



A project to set up a geological-mineralogical museum in the library of Chupa as a tourist object to improve attractiveness of the district.

Exposition on the White Sea coast.

N.I. Frishman, St. Petersburg University, the Amethist Museum of Umba, Murmansk region


Presentation of a book “A Trip to Kolvitsa”

Gennady Alexandrov, an expert of the Kola Center of Wild Nature Preservation; Ludmila Alexandrova, an employee of the Kandalaksha Traveller Information Center, Alexandra Goryashko, the City of Kandalaksha


Salt making

Olga Yagodina, village of Pangoma, director of “Rebirth of old trades of the Kem district. Tatiana Usova, project manager.


Opening of watercolours exhibition

Gennady Pravdin, Alina Lesova, Anna Mikhailova



July 18, Saturday


“Karelian White Sea coast – a short review of the region’s history”

Denis Kuz’min, senior scientist of the Karelian section of the Russian Academy of Sciences


«Settlements with multi-room housing by the Ivan’kovskaya fishing base: summary and perspectives of development»

Nadezhda Valentinovna Lobanova, M.A. (History), Institute of Language, Literature, and History of the Karelian section of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


Stone carvings of Kanozero

Archeologist Olga Ivanova. Director Vladimir Mikhailovich Perevalov. Kanozero stone carvings museum, the village of Umba, Murmansk region.


Coffee break


The Topozero monastery. Korabelny bay. Convent.

Svetlana Ponomareva, the village of Pyaozersky. Yuri Nikolayevich Rybakov, Chupa, chairman of Basin Council.


On the origin and purpose of stone labyrinths of the Karelian coast

Mark Georgievich Kosmenko, M.A. (History), Institute of Language, Literature, and History, Karelian section of the National Academy of Sciences.




White Sea labyrinths – ancient navigation tools (gnomones)

Alina N. Paranina, St. Petersburg. Roman V. Paranin, 2nd year student from the Geography faculty, St. Petersburg Pedagogical University named after Gertsen.


Folklore inheritance of the village of Gridino and its possible use

Valentina Kuznetsova, head of the audio records archive of the Institute of Language, Literature, and History of the Karelian Section of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Petrozavodsk.


“The cemetery in Gridino as a remarkable monument of the area’s spiritual culture”

Alexey Petrovich Konkka, senior scientist, ethnology section of the Institute of Language, Literature, and History, Karelia.


“Transformation of women’s everyday life in the White Sea Karelia during “Alexander’s reforms” in the second half of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.”

Yulia Valer’yevna Litvin, M.A. (History), junior scientist, ethnology. The Institute of Language, Literature, and History, Petrozavodsk.


Coffee break


The creation and implementation of outreach module “local History is the basis of cultural and historical heritage of the white sea region, developed on the basis of 8 local history expeditions around the White sea

Marina Vladimirovna Titova, head of the youth sector of ARSO “Pomeranian Expedition, a student at Northern Arctic Federal University. Severodvinsk


The ancient trade route from the white sea region to Pechora.

Results of ski sports science expedition Mezen, Naryan – Mar March-April 2015

Alexander Shalarev, Chairman of the “Council Organisation” ARSO “Pomeranian Expedition, member of the Russian Geographic Society. Severodvinsk


Discussion: development of a concept for the sustainable development of the coast White Sea

Yury Mikhaylovich Plusnin, doctor of philosophy, Professor of the Department of local government, FGMO HSE, Deputy head. Project laboratory for municipal management of NRU HSEmoderator.
And all the conference participants.



July 19 (Sunday)

Field trip to various cultural landscapes (full day), dinner during the trip, supper on return.

Unless someone hires me as a guide/driver/translator I’m going to be there with Alexandra, who is participating in two of the presentations listed above. Travellers with in-depth interest in the area are welcomed to join us for this event.

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