9th INTERNATIONAL ECOLOGY FORUM
On 22-23 March, Moscow held the 9th International Ecology Forum. Representatives from business, government, and public, all sympathetic to environmental problems, participated in the event. They discussed relevant environmental issues and ways to solve them.
The most urgent problems discussed at the Forum were Russia’s environmentally sustainable development, introduction of ecofriendly technologies, alternative energy, green sources, ecotourism, etc. Participants also talked on the critical state of wildlife conservation, catastrophic increase in the number of poaching crimes, existing problems in waste management and elimination of environmental harm. Alongside with that, they shared their suggestions on solving the problems discussed.
Environmental education was among the major topics of the Forum. In fact, now it is essential to both solve the existing issues and prevent them emerging in the future. Moreover, one of the discussion platforms focused on environmental volunteering as part of the Year of Volunteers.
Roundtable discussion called ‘Ecology Topic in Modern Media Agenda’ comprised discussions of objectivity of information delivery in media and media’s role in environmental education. Nikolay Valuev, the Deputy Chairperson of the State Duma Environmental Committee and the Forum’s supervisor encouraged Russian journalists to both publish materials on environmental issues and show our nature’s beauty and uniqueness.
Yet another discussion platform was dedicated to water protection. Its participants talked on the necessity of introducing a number of modifications to existing legislation of Russia, including amendments to Water Code of the Russian Federation. Irina Gekht, Deputy Chairperson of the Committee for Agrarian and Food Policy and Environmental Management in Russia presided over the platform.
She mentioned such events as the 9th International Ecology Forum are efficient for experts exchanging their opinions and search for compromise solutions. Representatives from business, government, and public also get the opportunity to find the common ground and improve Russian and global environment.
Talking about women’s contribution to ecology, Irina Gekht marked them being active participants of the Forum. According to the senator, it is because women always care for environment, especially considering their own native lands. For example, many women representatives of regional and all-Russian NGOs participated in the event. They talked passionately on the projects actualised. Both adults and children, by the way, take part in those projects.
Alongside with that, more and more women are now taking senior positions in environment-related spheres. Irina Gekht herself is the prime example here. She believes vibrant, focused, and caring women will provide an impetus for Russian environmental agenda.
Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov