The implementation of the federal project "Preservation of Lake Baikal", the participation of regions and businesses in the preservation of the lake and the need to improve legislative measures were discussed at the site of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia. The event was attended by deputies of the State Duma, representatives of JSC "Russian Railways", the governments of the Republic of Buryatia and the Irkutsk region, the fund "Reserved Embassy" and the association "Reliable Partner".

The head of the Russian Ecological Society and chairman of the public expert council on the national project "Ecology" Rashid Ismailov thanked the participants for their fruitful work and noted the need for further comprehensive solutions to issues related to ensuring environmental safety and sustainable development of Lake Baikal.

One of the pressing issues is the reduction of the area of polluted territories that have an impact on Lake Baikal: to date, project documentation for a number of objects of accumulated harm is in development. According to Maxim Stafeev, head of the project office of the federal project "Preservation of Lake Baikal", by the end of 2022 several landfills in this zone will be eliminated at once.

"By the end of 2022, the territory of the Baikal National Park will be cleared of nine unauthorized landfills in the Central Ecological Zone of the Baikal Natural Territory with a total area of 16,216 hectares. In addition, by the end of the year, it is planned to begin work on the elimination of landfills in the Tunka Valley with an area of 15.9 hectares," he added.

An equally important topic was the problem of citizens' involvement in the environmental agenda on Lake Baikal. State Duma deputy, Chairman of the regional branch of the Russian Ecological Society for the Irkutsk Region Alexander Yakubovsky stated the need for closer cooperation with the population and non-profit organizations on lake protection issues. Dmitry Gusev, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Reliable Partner Association, also noted the importance of open communication and mutual trust between the state and society. In turn, Natalia Danilina, President of the Protected Embassy Foundation, stressed that it is also worth paying attention to the professional training of employees of the protected system.


Опубликовано: 17 August 2022