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National Conference on Environmental Protection kicks off in Moscow

December 02, 2013, 16:34 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 02. /ITAR-TASS/. More than 3,000 delegates from 83 Russian regions assembled in Moscow on Monday for a fourth national conference on environmental protection.

The gathering has brought together representatives from local authorities, scientific and public organisations, Russian and international companies and the business community.

“This is the most large-scale event of the Year of Environmental Protection in Russia,” Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said in his message of greetings, read out by adviser and special envoy for climate change Alexander Bedritsky.

“I hope that the conference will give a start to most-demanded projects, promoting rational and effective use of natural resources, better environmental conditions and higher environmental culture in society,” Putin said.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a statement to the conference that “It is necessary today to actively implement modern environmental and energy-saving technologies and standards of green economy, to improve the appropriate legal framework and, certainly, to pay special attention to environmental education.”

State Duma Deputy Speaker Sergei Zheleznyak asked conference participants “to submit as much as possible, proposals which can help law-enforcement authorities find efficient solutions to existing environmental issues”.

The conference, which will last for three days until December 4, will consist of nearly 30 elements, including round-table discussions, panel debate and workshops.

Agenda items include development of legal institutions for environmental impact assessment, climate change, protection of the ozone layer, implementation of green standards for building construction and interaction between economy and ecology.

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