18 July 2016

    Five winners will be invited to the Eastern Economic Forum, reports a press release from the Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Russian Far East.

    The competition, organised by the Agency, closed to entries on 15 July. Its main goal is to identify the most original practical ideas for land use. Entries have come in from students, young professionals, pensioners, and even schoolchildren. The most popular theme has been agriculture: around 30% of the entries feature plant cultivation, and 20% food production (including meat and dairy farm, as well as apiaries). Other sectors covered include social services and tourism. The Organising Committee praised the high standard of the work done on the projects and the economic arguments supporting them.

    An example of the suggestions put forward is a project to create a tourist centre on the Kamchatka Peninsula, with all necessary support infrastructure, and which would meet its electricity and hot water requirements from thermal sources. This would enable the facility to save on utility costs and to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Another entry proposes the creation of a solar farm. This project includes not only a construction plan, but also an economic argument for the viability and potential of solar power in the Russian Far East.

    All entries will be reviewed by the expert panel for the national Far Eastern Hectare competition, which includes representatives of various business sectors and employees of the Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Russian Far East. The results will be announced on 10 August. The winners will receive valuable prizes, and those with the five best ideas will each win a trip to the Eastern Economic Forum, which takes place in Vladivostok on 2–3 September 2016.