WWF APPEALED TO PROTECT THE BERING STRAIT FROM POLLUTION
During the 5th Assembly "Arctic Circle" held in Reykjavik 13-15 October in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) there was a section devoted to the discussion of issues of shipping regulation, the preparedness to the emergencies and the reaction in the Bering Strait and the adjacent marine waters.
The representatives of WWF, the representatives of the scientific
institutions of maritime transport, the Deputy head of the Federal Agency of maritime
and river transport Yuri Kostin and the Director for Marine Transportation Systems at
Coast Guard Headquarters in the U.S. Mike Emerson attended the section of reports.
During the presentations and the discussions the participants expressed their understanding of the high environmental and social importance of the region and the necessity to prevent the potential negative impact of shipping on the marine environment. Experts mentioned that the improving of the safety of navigation in the Bering Strait and in the adjacent marine waters can be achieved by using the regulatory tools recommended by the Resolutions of the IMO (International Maritime Organization), such as the establishment of routes. The participants showed their intention to develop the cooperation in the sphere of regulation and ensuring of secure shipping in the Bering Strait.
"All participants demonstrated the understanding of the problem. We hope this will become the basis of an affective cooperation of all stakeholders to preserve the rich natural environment of the region. Primarily we need to work out some mutually acceptable solutions that will enhance the safety of navigation, reduce the probability of the pollution of the marine ecosystems due to emergencies and active navigation in the region," said Alexander Moiseev, project coordinator of WWF in Russia.
"Arctic circle" is held annually since 2013 in the capital of Iceland. The forum is devoted to the Arctic issues and to discussions of the pressing issues of the sustainable development in the region. The event is traditionally attended by politicians, businessmen, experts, researchers and representatives of native populations of the Arctic.