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Building resilient russia

  1. 1. Building Resilient Russia EIS LTD Resident of IC “Skolkovo” August 2014 Page 1 BUILDING A RESILIENT RUSSIA: Smart Solutions for Wildfires, Floods and Sanctions Till now Russia has been the least adaptable and most vulnerable to natural disasters and socio-political shocks, failing to maintain its output of goods and services and continue to provide its citizens with a standard quality of life, disrupting under international sanctions, as loosing access to foreign capital and technologies. Now thanks to the economic sanctions and the reversed embargos, Russia has a historic opportunity to become a resilient power, pursuing a socio-technological, economic and ecological integrated growth strategy: Surprisingly to its global opponents, Russia has got a unique opportunity to develop itself as a smart ecological superpower: Resilience - the ability of a country, its regions and cities, to resist all sorts of adverse physical or social events. The ability of communities to continue as centres of human settlements, production, and cultural development, despite the challenges posed by climate change, population growth, globalization and socio-economic crises, is to be mainly determined by their resilience. Broadly speaking, resilience is the capacity of systems and networks, individuals, businesses and institutions, or whole communities (cities, states or the global community) to survive and adapt, grow and thrive, regardless natural disasters or socio-economic disruptions being experienced or to be experienced. Then a smart resilient community is a sustainable community being able to progress as a centre of production and culture, knowledge and technology, despite the challenges and adversities, risks and threats, shocks and stresses. ECO RUSSIA There are key factors in the area of resiliency, Climate, Environment, Resource, Infrastructure, Economy, Governance and Community. A resilient country is able to resist the changes in the climate and environmental degradation, shortage of resources or failed infrastructure or community strife of inequality, and all kinds of social disruptions, technogenic catastrophes and natural disasters. Natural disasters, droughts, wildfires and floods, are all more frequent and intense, both in Russia and the globe.
  2. 2. Building Resilient Russia EIS LTD Resident of IC “Skolkovo” August 2014 Page 2 For example, climate and weather disasters in 2012 alone cost the American economy more than $100 billion. If wildfires burned more than 9.3 million U.S. acres, we might only imagine the scale of forest fires in Russia in 2014. Aiming to build a sustainable resilient country, the SMART Russia Program is formulated. Among others, it considers the following climate change actions, within the Eco World Principles: National Climate Change Program, reducing risks of floods, droughts and wildfires Launching the National Climate Resilience Partnership, adopting the Federal Wildfire Strategy Building a low-fossil-fuel, or decarbonized economy, with a climate-resilient infrastructure and low- carbon industry (primary, secondary and tertiary) or environmental developments (let’s remind that Skolkovo was planned an eco-sustainable community, an energy efficient city with minimal or zero emissions of environmentally harmful substances that ensures the total recycling of household and municipal waste) Taking a global leadership in producing Low-Carbon Environmental Goods and Services, as organic agricultural products received with low energy input, without any chemical fertilizers or genetic modification Building a 21st century clean energy infrastructure, with utility-scale renewable energy projects on public lands to supply smart and resilient agglomerations of the future. As an immediate economic benefit, the Smart Russia Climate Program is to minimize flaring and venting of natural gas in oil wells, with no need to exploit the Russian Arctics by Rosneft (The top-ten leading polluters in 2010 were Russia (26%), followed by Nigeria (11%), Iran (8%), Iraq (7%), Algeria (4%), Angola (3%), Kazakhstan (3%), Libya (3%), Saudi Arabia (3%), and Venezuela (2%). FAULT-TOLERANT STATE In all, the sustainable future is about building intelligent socio-technological communities of various scales, villages and towns, cities and megalopolises, states and regions, etc., resilient to environmental, economic, political, social or cultural challenges, driven by integrated disruptive innovations. As a resilient smart state, Russia should be able of absorbing any acute shocks and bounce back stronger after tough times. Briefly, the smart resilient Russia will develop the typical characteristics of any large- scale life-critical reliable system:
  3. 3. Building Resilient Russia EIS LTD Resident of IC “Skolkovo” August 2014 Page 3 Constant Learning, the ability to learn past experiences linked with feedback loops that provide foresight and allow innovative solutions Rapid Rebound, the capacity to re-establish function, re-organize, and avoid long-term disruptions Flexibility, the ability to change, evolve, and adapt to alternative strategies in the face of disaster, stress or shock. Spare Capacity, ensures that there is a back-up or alternative available when a vital component of a system fails Limited/Fail-Safe or Fault-Tolerant, prevents destructive failures from spreading across socio- technological systems, such as computer-based life-critical, or safety-critical systems as nuclear weapon systems. Fault-tolerance resilience is the property that enables an intelligent nation to continue operating properly in the event of the failure or malfunction of some of its economic or political components, compared to a naïvely-designed government system, like the current Russia, in which even a small failure, stress or shock, like the series of economic sanctions, can cause total breakdown. SANCTIONS AND ANTISANCTIONS To survive and adapt, grow and thrive, regardless any natural disasters or socio-economic disruprions, Russia needs to smartly revolutionize its country, launching extensive and profound changes in infrastructure and industry, economy and governance, in production and consumption. It should reconsider its West-inclined policy to import the producers’ goods and consumers’ goods, the produce, farm products, food, seafood, drinks, drugs, cosmetics, etc. It should stop to blindly follow the free trade policy, but practice the protective tariff favoring its domestic producers and local clean farm products, establishing close trade relations with the CIS’s countries and BRICS’ members, as well as with all Asian nations and African states. Thanks to the economic sanctions, some radical changes are forced to be accepted by the Russian government as desisting from low-quality foreign producers’ goods and agricultural produce from western Europe. SMART REVOLUTION It is plain that Russia is in need of consistent, systematic and revolutionary changes in all its key sides, sectors, levels and parts, as it’s proposed by the Concept of SMART Russia: The Smart Revolution Concept involves the new socio-technological, economic and ecological integrated policy, as well as the next Industrial Revolution, Green Revolution, Urban Revolution, Digital Revolution, Ecological Revolution, etc.
  4. 4. Building Resilient Russia EIS LTD Resident of IC “Skolkovo” August 2014 Page 4 Last but not least, the moving forces are to be its Civic Society, the creative class, intelligentsia, or crowdwisdom, rather than the current ineffective government, state corporations and large speculative businesses, unable to meet the high challenges of sustainable resilient Russia: It is also plain that the state corporations, as Rosneft and Gasprom, should be reorganized, following the comprehensive national profit-sharing plans, while the large businesses nationalized in the favour of Russian citizens and future “Smart Russia” investment projects. TOWARDS A SMART RESILIENT WORLD: SMART CONTINENTS, COUNTRIES, CITIES, AND COMMUNITIES EIS Encyclopedic Intelligent Systems LTD pursues the I-World Strategy, the Smart World Strategic Framework, first keynoted at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (CIT 2011) It is basically embracing industrial initiatives (IBM’s Smarter Planet, Cisco’s Smart Connected Communities, Microsoft’s World 2.0, Intel’s Intelligent World, or Siemens’ Sustainable Cities ) and public smart growth strategies (EU 2020 Strategy or Japan’s Future Growth Strategy), following our corporate vision for “CREATING THE FUTURE”: The Smart World Concept is emerging in the quest for sustainable growth and economic, technological and socio-cultural smart development and intelligent governance for international communities and states, regions and cities, and global virtual communities, for enterprises, industries and economies, local, regional and global: As such, Smart World implies Smart Continents, Intelligent Nations and Smart Eco Cities, Smart People and Smart Life, Sustainable Land and Environment, Sustainable Infrastructure and Smart Industry, Smart Grids and Eco Buildings, Intelligent ICT and Eco Mobility, Big Science and Future Technology, Internet of Everything and Smart Web, Smart Financing and Intelligent Banking, Smart Health and Education, Smart Security and Safety, Smart Government, Regulations and Standards. The Smart World Concept has been analysed for the world’s largest state territory, Russian Federation, major world’s economies, USA, China, and Japan, as well as the small but troubling economies, as Cyprus, all to be proposed to the national governments for implementation under the SMART NATIONS GLOBAL INITIATIVE:; EIS Encyclopedic Intelligent Systems LTD EIS LTD is the co-author of the Global Initiatives on: SMART REVOLUTION: SMART CITIES: SMART NATIONS: SMART SUPERPOWERS: SMART WORLD: EIS GLOBAL INNOVATION PLATFORM; FOLLOW US ON @i_EcoRUSSIA