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Head of Karelia has taken part in opening of the international conference Green Belt of Fennoscandia – 2013

The international conference Green Belt of Fennoscandia – 2013 was launched today in Karelian Research Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences. Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen has taken part in its opening.

A.Khudilainen addressed to the conference participants

A.Khudilainen addressed to the conference participants

The year 2013 is the Environment Year in Russia, and the conference has been listed in the Government-approved National Environment Year Key Events Plan. Scientists from Russia, Finland, Norway, and other countries have gathered to discuss the matters related to generation of a common system of protected areas in the European North, and to join the efforts for comprehensively dealing with environmental, ethno-cultural and socio-economic problems of the border regions within GBF.

A.Titov begins the conference

A.Titov begins the conference

Welcoming the conference participants Alexander Khudilainen has mentioned that international cooperation in the sphere of preservation of the environment is one of the key direction of the ecological policy of Russia.

The statement of Head of Karelia

The statement of Head of Karelia

– Issues of environment conservation today are not limited to territories of specific countries or regions, they have become immense, and thus cannot be solved through isolated actions of one state, but demand international cooperation, joint efforts of many countries. The Green Belt of Fennoscandia conference is devoted to topical issues in the field of ecology, and I wish all of its participants fruitful work and successful results, – Head of the republic said.

The speakers

The speakers

Problems of GBF deveopment have already been discussed in Karelia five years ago, and then this issue has caused great interest among representatives of scientific, political, and public organizations.

The conference participants

The conference participants

According to Alexander Titov, Chairman of Karelian Research Centre, this conference will provide information on ways of development of the territory of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia that may become a key direction in cross-border cooperation.

Green Belt of Fennoscandia is a strip of territory stretching along the Russian-Finnish and the Russian-Norwegian border from the Barents to the Baltic Sea (comprising also the water, islands and coast of the Gulf of Finland within the Leningrad Region). In Russia it includes 14 largest territories of special protection and minor reserves. The main value of the property reflected in such a figurative name is the exceptional diversity of zonal ecosystems presented here.

In the boardroom of Karelian Research Center

In the boardroom of Karelian Research Center

The conference to last for four days will include panel meetings and round-table discussions. Participants will consider issues of historical and cultural heritage of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia, its natural complexes. Matters will also concern social and economical aspects of development of GBF-related territories of regions and municipalities, and development of the network of conservation areas.

The conference is organized by Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Russian Federation, Ministry of Nature Management and Ecology, Republic of Karelia, Ministry of the Environment, Finland, Directorate for Nature Management, Norway, Institute of Biology and Forest Research Institute of Karelian Research Centre, RAS, Finnish Environment Institute and University of Eastern Finland.

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