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The head of the Ministry of Environment will discuss specially protected natural areas in Sydney

The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Sergei Donskoy, will lead the Russian delegation at the VI World Congress on Protected Areas (PAs). According to the ministry’s press service, the congress will take place on November 12-19 on November 2014 in the city of Sydney.

According to Sergei Donskoy, the state has begun to pay more attention to nature reserves; in recent years, the volume of funding for federal protected areas has increased. “This allows them to work more efficiently, use modern technical equipment for scientific research, purchase transport, communication facilities, update infrastructure, introduce new technologies into practice,” the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources said.

“The staff of the PAs work intensively with the local population, with representatives of small nations, studying their experience and culture, involving them in working with tourists. The results of the meeting in Sydney will serve as new reference points for everyone who works in the protected area, ”the minister said.

The IUCN World Parks Congress is the largest international forum for the protection of natural heritage. It is held every 10-11 years, with the participation of leading scientists, representatives of governments, major international foundations, business, the world's most prominent specialists in the field of sustainable development. In 2014, it will be attended by over 3000 people representing about 160 countries.

This year the main theme is “Parks, people, the planet: inspirational decisions”. The Russian delegation includes more than 30 people representing nature reserves and national parks of Russia. In Sydney there will be a permanent exhibition devoted to Russian specially protected natural territories, presentations will be presented, thematic sections and discussions will be held. 

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