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VLADIVOSTOK, October 6 (Itar-Tass) — The 5th International Nature Without Borders ecological forum opened here on Thursday.
This year it has drawn scientists and ecologists from Russia and eleven foreign countries, among them China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Germany, Britain, etc.
Green economics is the main theme of the present forum. The application of new technologies to ensure environmental safety is to be discussed at panel sessions dealing with "The Increase in Energy Efficiency and the Development of Energy Saving", and "Nanoecology'. Participants in a separate panel of the forum will examine the problems of ecological tourism in the Asia-Pacific Region. S
Several reports will be devoted to the results of the monitoring of the Far Eastern seas following the breakdown at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power station. Commenting on the subject, Sergei Ogai, Rector of Vladivostok-based Maritime State University named after G.I. Nevelskoy, has told Itar-Tass,' "Notwithstanding the fact that the sailing-ship Nadezhda during its expedition in May this year did not registers excesses of the radiation background, scientists detected new, hitherto unknown links between the radiation background and the state of atmospheric aerosols, which is indicative of the need to develop new methods for the study of these processes".
The forum organizers have arranged a specialized exhibition featuring various ecological projects in Primorye, such as, in particular, a programme for conversion of Vladivostok power plants to the use of natural gas, the use of renewable sources of energy, and studies of the impact of the Fukushima-1 NPS breakdown on the radiation situation in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).
The previous Nature Without Borders forum was held here in 2009, with marine ecology being the main subject for discussion.