3-rd International Ecological Forum “Nature without Borders”
Today, Vladivostok hosts traditional ecological Forum which gathered representatives from governmental, scientific and grassroots organizations of the Russian Far East as well as guests from China, Japan, USA, Mongolia, and Vietnam. The goal of this Forum is to work out concrete practical measures for complex use and deep procession of natural resources, ensure favorable environment.
Nowadays, when Primorskii Province is preparing to host APEC in 2012 urgent need to solve lots of issues has aroused. Among them are sustainable use of marine biological resources, utilization of domestic wastes, radiation monitoring, improving quality of drinking water. One of the sectional meetings of the Forum was dedicated to forests conservation during its exploitation.
In his welcoming speech the Governor has noted that today in Primorskii Province the portion of PAs is higher than in California. Primorskii Province holds first place in Russia on the number of provincial level PAs which makes 6 percents of the whole Primorskii Province territory. The Governor also paid attention of the Forum guests to the joyful fact – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed a decree on creation of a new nature sanctuary for the endangered Far Eastern leopards. Sergei Darkin called on to join forces of governmental and non-governmental organizations in nature conservation.
Yurii Darman, head of WWF-Russia Amur branch, comments, “I am very glad that the Governor is proud of the network of reserves and wildlife refuges of Primorskii Province as Primorye is one of the important global ecoregions with high level of biodiversity. Two new national parks, “Leopardovyi” wildlife refuge is a great contribution into our common work. But to save tiger and leopard it is essential to stop destruction of Korean pine-broadleaved forests beyond PAs. One of the Forum’s tasks is to introduce mechanisms for sustainable forest use.”