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Yeniseisky Environmental Forum in Krasnoayrsk

02 december 2019
WWF Russia provided for effective communicating of business, public and government

Yeniseisky Environmental was held on 27-28th of November, 2019 in Krasnoyarsk. Aleska Simkic, Vice-Head of the Representative of European Union in the Russian Federation and Carolina Johansson, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Sweden in the Russian Federation took part in the event. European Union is the long-term partner of WWF Russia implementing protection of environment both in Europe and other countries. The “People For Nature”, a new project of WWF Russia on environmental protection in the Russian Federation started in partnership with European Union. The project is aimed at reinforcing the dialog between the business, the state and the society. The program is focused on two environmental challenges: protecting forests and reducing air and water pollution.

Yeniseisky Environmental Forum become the platform for the scientists, ecologists, NGOs, government and corporate companies of Krasnoyarsk region to discuss environmental problems. The participants also discussed the Ecology, the federal national project implemented by government in partnership with many partners.

The representatives of European Union and local NGOs met in the office of WWF in Krasnoyarsk on the 27th of November to discuss the key ecological problems and the chances for NGOs to be a part of decision-making process while implementing big ecological projects in one of the most polluted regions of Russia.

Visiting Stolby National park
Meeting of Aleska Simkic, Vice-Head of the Representative of European Union in the Russian Federation and Carolina Johansson, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Sweden in the Russian Federation with NGOs in Krasnoyarsk.
Meeting of Aleska Simkic, Vice-Head of the Representative of European Union in the Russian Federation and Carolina Johansson, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Sweden in the Russian Federation with NGOs in Krasnoyarsk.
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“At the moment I notice the Russian civil society is more and more interested in participating in solving problems including environmental problems. The people study international experience in the field. Here at the Forum we can see that. In such a big industrial region as Krasnoyarsk region business and regional governmental have to talk to non-governmental organizations and public because nature conservation is not only about expenses but about the possibilities. People For Nature offers the strategy how to reach consent for business and public in the field of nature conservation. We do not expect the quick changes. European experience says that we need long time to make the ecology and nature conservation a top priority for government and society and we need all parties to be involved in promoting the agenda”, says Aleska Simkic, Vice-Head of the Representative of European Union in the Russian Federation.
Yeniseisky Forum
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The goals of ecological forum: revealing of ecological potential of the regions of Siberia, nature conservation as a practical systematic approach, enforcing environmental safety, involving of youth into solving of crucial and strategic problems. WWF Russia experts also joined round tables of the Forum as lectors.

Mikhail Babenko, Director of Green Economy programme of WWF Russia facilitated he round table “Partnership and openness as a key to solving environmental problems in Russia”. 

“It is the first such a big environmental forum in the region where we face a lot of ecological problems. Our round table was aimed at building bridges between three parties: government, business and public. At the moment this triangle is not equilateral but we hope that this chance to have all parties here at one table is a small victory, a big step forward. At the round table we sure did not reach an agreement on all issues and solved all environmental problems. However, it is very clear for everyone that it is impossible to work without considering the interests of all parties”, says Mikhail Babenko, Director of Green Economy programme of WWF Russia.
“Partnership and openness as a key to solving environmental problems in Russia” round table.
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Dmitry Gorshkov, Director of Biodiversity Programme of WWF Russia, facilitated the round table “Perspectives of conservation of vulnerable species of the Yeniseiskaya Siberia”. Gerdt Polet, Director of Biodiversity Department of WWF Netherlands, recorded the video introduction for the round table participants. WWF Netherland has been supporting nature conservation in Russia for many years. 

“Perspectives of conservation of vulnerable species of the Yeniseiskaya Siberia” round table
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The People for Nature project is implemented by WWF Russia with the support of the European Union and aims to engage a wide range of stakeholders in environmental protection. The project will be carried out in 2019-2022. Its tasks are as follows: preservation of forests by preventing degradation and illegal use of forests, as well as reducing the negative impact of industry on the environment by reducing air pollution and increasing the environmental responsibility of business.

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