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KRASNOYARSK, September 11 (Itar-Tass) – Prospects for an improvement of the ecological situation in Russia’s Arctic zone make up the central issue on the agenda of an international conference titled ‘Environment protection and Industrial Operations in Northern Areas” that opens later in the day in Norilsk, the biggest industrial center in the Taimyr Peninsula in northern Siberia.
The conference will bring together officials from the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources, the federal watchdog agencies in charge of supervising the use of mineral resources and protection of consumer rights, researchers from institutes and universities of Moscow, St Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Monchegorsk, and other cities.
The organizers have also invited experts from Germany, the U.S., Canada, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Australia, and France.
Spokespeople for the company Norilsk Nickel, which owns the main manufacturing facilities in the Norilsk area and the Arctic affiliation of which, co-organized the conference, told Itar-Tass the Russian and foreign participants will look at the ways of ecological rehabilitation of northern territories, ecology-friendly solutions and equipment, innovative technologies, environmental solutions and equipment for the mining industry enterprises. Discussions on the theme floors will concern the state regulation of environmental activities and the utilization of mineral resources.
Tuesday, participants in the conference will be invited to contribute to the planting of young trees in Norilsk. Later in the day they will visit the industrial installations belonging to Norilsk Nickel and implementing the environmental measures.
While visiting the facilities, the participants will have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the ecological aspects of everyday routine operations at mining and metallurgical factories.
An international festival of ecological movies titled ‘EkoChashka’ /or the Eco-Cup/ has been timed for the conference. Put up for the show are the best films on ecology from around the world.