Women’s Global Initiatives on Saving the Planet
One of the strategic topics of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum in St. Petersburg will be discussed at Women for Energy of the Future session. It will focus on the possibilities of integrating women’s efforts in providing for environmental safety and natural resources management.
The Ural River is the River of Life project will be presented to the Forum participants as a vivid example of the initiative established by women’s public organizations in Russia and Kazakhstan. The EWF platform will host a presentation of the book on a unique environmental water expedition and the film about a trip along the navigable Ural river, as well as the photo exhibition by Orenburg Regional History Museum with rare pictures of the river from the 19th-early 20th cc. The goal is to attract attention of the authorities, businesses, and general public to problems of the Ural river that has become noticeably shallow in the recent years, as well as recover former glory of the river and contribute to rational use of its resources in the interests of people.
Launched in 1996, the first literary-oriented expedition along the Ural river kept expanding every year to acquire a status of international project 17 years ago. Today one may say that the joint initiative of Russia and Kazakhstan has turned into a powerful historic, cultural and environmental movement for preservation of the Ural river.
According to Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council Committee for Agriculture-and-Food Policy and Use of Natural Resource Irina Gekht, kayak expeditions take place in the territory of the Republics of Kazakhstan and Bashkortostan, Orenburg oblast and Chelyabinsk oblast of the Russian Federation. Every time a new route is developed to assess the current geo-ecological condition and human impact on forest and water resources of the Ural river. Touristic potential of the territory is also examined. Politicians, state and local government officials, representatives of the Institute of Steppe, Ural Branch of RAS, local history experts, athletes, and students take part in the rafting.
Irina Kekht notes that due to this global project, Russia and Kazakhstan signed a treaty on preserving the ecosystem of the Ural river basin. This is an example of successful civil practices that result in important decisions at the governmental level.
During the meeting on 21 May 2018 with Chairman of the Mazhilis Nurlan Nigmatulin, Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Iliyas Umakhanov emphasized the importance of near-border interaction between the two countries and expressed confidence that “at the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum in St. Petersburg in September, Kazakhstan will be represented at a high professional level.”
Tina Stankevich, Eurasian Women's Community Information Agency