People for Nature: public organizations of the Amur River basin learn to assert the right on healthy environment
More than 60 representatives of NGOs, businesses and governmental authorities attended two-day seminars in Khabarovsky and Amurskaya provinces. One of the key topics for discussion was forming an institution of public inspectors.
Special attention of the seminar was paid to the world practice and the regional specifics of interaction between public organizations and industries. Leaders of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North of Khabarovsky province shared their experience of such cases.Lyubov Odzyal, president of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North of Khabarovsky province underlined the importance of taking into account the interests of indigenous peoples living in places of traditional nature use before launching any type of economic activity in these territories. Other participants gave an example of the development of interaction between indigenous peoples organizations and Exxon Neftegas Limited company, from lots of disagreements at the beginning of the construction of the De Kastri oil export terminal to fruitful mutually beneficial cooperation.
Participants of the seminar in Blagoveshchensk applied their knowledge in a business game focused on public environmental control, as well as in a series of exercises aimed at solving problems of getting access to environmental information.
The trainings in Khabarovsk and Blagoveshchensk opened a three-year series of events of the “People for Nature” project aimed at educating environmental public organizations on the legal aspects of interaction with business and government.The People for Nature project is carried out by WWF-Russia with the support of the European Union in 2019–2022. The project is primarily aimed at providing support to CSOs and local communities in solving environmental problems in two areas, protecting forests and reducing air and water pollution.