Russian President follows WWF recommendations
Specially protected nature areas
President asked the Government to develop and approve in the second reading the draft law concerning specially protected nature areas. He agreed with earlier remarks by NGOs that some versions of the draft law contradicted the very idea of the law and destroyed the national legislation on protected nature areas.
President also agreed with problem voiced by WWF-Russia CEO at the meeting of the State Council. At present, if a certain entity, such as a municipal authority, does something that has a negative environmental impact on a neighbouring protected area, it is this entity, not the protected area, that receives compensation money for the damage – on its off-budget account, therefore stimulating these entities to harm the environment in order to shift money from budget to non-budget accounts. President ordered the Government to change this illogical situation.
Protection of seas from oil pollution
President ordered the Government to finish editing the draft law concerning protection of the marine environment from oil pollution and make amendments in the Russian legislation to introduce international requirements and standards on this issue.
President also made sure that the Government takes into consideration the version of the draft law that is now in the Russian State Duma – according to WWF, this version is more environmentally friendly than the one prepared by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.
President also ordered the Government to create mechanisms of financing oil spill clean-up and introduce special nature use regimes in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. He agreed with WWF that companies must drill for oil in the ice conditions only when they have tested and efficient methods of cleaning up oil spills under the ice.
Dmitry Medvedev ordered the Governments of the Russian Federation and Krasnodar Krai to consider the possibility of measures proposed by WWF:
- Stopping unsanctioned limestone collection and soil disposal on the territory of Sochi national park
- Construction of a plant that processes silt sediment instead of a plant that burns it.
- Expanding Sochi National Park as proposed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection;
- Excluding territories occupied by Olympic facilities from the frontier zone of the Russian Federation;
- Full recultivation of areas harmed by unsanctioned activities organized during preparation for the Sochi-2014 Olympic Games.
Russia joins international conventions
President ordered to ratify the the UNECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context, signed in Espoo on February 25, 1991, and its Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment, signed in Kiev on May 21, 2003.
The Government is also instructed to make decisions allowing the Russian Federation to join the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, signed in Aarhus on June 25, 1998.