WWF invites Kamchatka’s mining business to participate in the talks
Seminar called “Ecological and social responsibility of Kamchatka-based mining companies” is to be held from December 12th through December 13th in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. It is sponsored by World Wildlife Fund, Kamchatka Regional Public Organization called “KLiNE” (short for “Kamchatka-based League of independent experts”), Magadan-based Environmental Center, Kamchatka Regional Public Organization called “Ineka” (short for “Information environmental agency”) and others.
During the meeting the participants are going to review existing social and environmental problems caused by mining of natural resources in Kamchatka and discuss possible ways of solving them. Representatives of the Magadan-based Environmental Center are going to share experience in dealing with similar problems in Magadan region.
Special attention will be paid to voluntary standards of ecological and social responsibility adopted by mining companies; Aleksey Knizhnikov, Head of Russia’s WWF program for environmental policy of oil and gas industry is going to deliver a report.
WWF invites representatives of Kamchatka indigenous small people to participate in the seminar because schemes of participation of local population in the environmental monitoring are to be presented. Yulia Yakel, specialist with “RODNIK” legal center (Moscow) is going to tell how rights of citizens and public organizations to favorable environment and access to ecology-related information may be protected, and how those rights can be restored if violated. New publications are to be presented at the seminar, which will help people defend their right to traditional way of living. In particular, participants are to be introduced study guides called “Manual for environment impact assessment used for mining projects” and “Social participation: theory and practical use of the ways of cooperation of interested parties in the development of local community.”
Participants will be able to test the information received during practical training supervised by specialists in environmental legislation.