The construction of special-purpose eco-ship is completed

The management of waste generated by the Usolye Khimprom enterprise, reforestation, the disposal of the damaging pollution legacy of the Baikalsk Pulp and Paper Mill, the implementation of the national project "Ecology" — all these topics took centre stage in the course of the meeting between Sergey Sokol, Chairperson of the Irkutsk Region Legislative Assembly, with the leaders of environmental non-governmental organizations.

For many years, the environmental movement “Clear Water of the Baikal Region” has been making progress in the region. Nowadays 275 bodies of water are under public protection, including sections of the coast of Lake Baikal, sections of large and small rivers, lakes, reservoirs, ponds, as well as a number of brooks, springs, and streams. Moreover, this is a purely civic initiative operating without any financial support.

S. Sokol drew attention to the fact that one of the main areas of work of the regional parliament is the preservation of Lake Baikal. He said that he took part in the parliamentary hearings which took place in the State Duma of the Russian Federation, where the implementation of the President’s instructions on the preservation of the natural heritage was discussed. Based on the results of the hearings, recommendations were approved intended for the authorities at all levels of governance. The regional government needs to develop antimudflow measures to protect Lake Baikal, and they should be included in the federal target program. “The issue of improving legislation, in particular, the regulation of the actions of authorities in case of a threat of an emergency, was also discussed,” S. Sokol reported. "The subject of the flood management was discussed at the meeting of the expert community. Scientists have made a number of constructive proposals,” said Vera Shlenova, Chairperson of the Irkutsk regional branch of the All-Russian Society of Nature Preservation and Honored Ecologist of Russia.

Other challenges identified by the social activists include the control of forest pests.

The speaker pointed out that the deputies of the regional parliament keep track of managing the pressing issue of the disposal of toxic waste of the Usolyekhimprom chemical plant, and that support at the federal level was obtained. The region needs to be more actively involved in state environmental programs and the national project “Ecology”, and to take part in other projects. “All-Russian Society of Nature Preservation is our efficient and active assistant in dealing with environmental issues,” said Sergei Sokol.


Опубликовано: 06 November 2019