Green Davos started its work
The 2nd International exhibition and forum ECOTECH and the 5th All-Russian Congress on Environment Protection, the culminating events of the Year of Ecology, started their work in Crocus Expo. Serguei Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and Chairman of ECOTECH Organizing Committee, noted that Russia is capable and ready to receive the International Ecological Forum of level of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Representatives of public environmental organizations, scientific and environmental agencies, local governments, representatives of large industrial organizations, small and medium-sized enterprises, organizations engaged in providing services and solving problems in the field of environmental protection, introducing advanced and environmentally efficient technologies were invited to participate in the congress.
Over 10,000 people from more than 50 countries are expected to take part in the Forum’s exhibition and business programme. The Forum business programme’s speakers and participants will include leading Russian and foreign scientists, technology leaders and innovators, experts and opinion shapers, members of international environmental organizations, and UN goodwill ambassadors.
Compared with 2016, the Forum’s business programme will be significantly expanded to include discussions of developing a “green” economy, natural disaster relief, and the role of states in managing environmental threats. The Forum’s attendees will summarize the Year of Ecology in Russia and discuss the effects of steps taken to protect Lake Baikal, carry out re-forestation, introduce a new waste management system, create new protected areas (PAs), and expand existing reserves.
Special attention will be devoted to issues concerning energy, industrial ecology, and global climate change. The key topics on Russia’s agenda at ECOTECH’17 will include discussions of the Environmental Security Strategy of the Russian Federation until 2025, corporate social and environmental responsibility, and stimulating innovations in environmental technologies.
The Congress will focus on one of the most pressing ecological problems – increase of waste production and its accumulation in the environment. Action plan, aimed at waste burial reduction by waste treatment and recycling, as well as previously accumulated waste minimization will be presented at the Congress. The agenda will also introduce issues, related to a new economy model changeover, envisaging complete cycle production and consumption and other relevant topics.
As a result, the Congress will adopt the Final Resolution, which will consolidate the position and the latest works of the environmental experts, scientists from related fields, business people and community activists, Russian and world politicians.
The ECOTECH exhibition will feature companies that have either introduced or are currently developing the best available technologies to reduce polluting emissions and discharges, minimize waste, and reduce resource consumption.
Simultaneously with ECOTECH’17, Crocus EXPO Exhibition Centre will host the 5th All-Russian Environmental Protection Congress, which ECOTECH participants may attend. The Congress, which is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, will serve as a discussion platform for members of the environmental community. The Congress’ attendees will discuss ensuring the smart use of natural resources, monitoring environmental security, the role of ecology in Russia’s economy, environmental protection practices in Russia’s regions, and the introduction of environmental technologies. The discussions will help to develop proposals on improving environmental legislation and on new areas and formats of implementing Russia’s environmental policy.
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