Sergey Donskoy, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation participated in the 6th Nevsky International Ecological Congress on May 21-22, 2013 (St. Petersburg, Tavricheskiy Palace)


In his speech, Sergey Donskoy noted that a growth of awareness and an ecological culture in society is the foundation for sustainable, long-term economic development of the country. Over the last two years, more than 50 by-laws and 8 federal laws have been adopted in Russia, the main purpose of which is the formation of a rational relationship to the environment for all categories of natural resource-users.

According to the Head of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia, the implementation of a new environmental policy will allow, by 2020, for a significant reduction in the overall human pressure on the environment, and at the same time, increase investments into the environmental sector by 50%. This will be achieved through a combination of measures, such as working on the elimination of past environmental damage, creating a recycling industry and reusing waste products, implementation of programs involving the ecological modernization of enterprises via the implementation of best available technologies (BAT).

The minister also mentioned that the main priority of his government is the creation of a safe waste handling system (the volume of waste in the Russian Federation now exceeds 31 billion tons, and the territory occupied by waste products is increasing by 300–400 thousand hectares annually) .

Today the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources is coordinating and working on getting approval for a federal target program entitled the Elimination of accumulated environmental damage for the period 2014–2025. Through its implementation, the proportion of re-used and neutralized industrial and consumer waste products should increase from 11% to 80% by 2020

Sergey Donskoy, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation

The head of the agency said that one of the main aims of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources is the preservation and restoration of biodiversity in the flora and fauna. Over the past few years, on the territory of the Russian Federation, three new national parks have been created – Zemlya Leoparda (Primorsky Krai), Beringiya (Chukotka Autonomous Okrug), Onezhskoye Pomoriye (Arkhangelsk Oblast), and two federal reserves. By 2020, another 11 natural reserves and 17 national parks will be created.

The package of measures aimed at improving environmental laws and their implementation through specific projects, creation of an environmental culture, the development of environmental education and training, will help strengthen the role of Russia as one of the world’s leaders in the environmental movement

Sergey Donskoy, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation

You can find more details about the speech made by the Minister of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation here.