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The President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature highly appreciated the activities of Russia in the development of protected natural areas

The President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Zhang Xinshen highly appreciated the activities of Russia on the development of protected natural areas, the press service of the Ministry of Natural Resources said.

Zhang Xinshen said this during a working meeting with the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia Sergei Donskoy, which was held within the framework of the World Congress on Protected Areas (SPNA). The event takes place in Sydney (Australia) from 12 on 19 November.

During the meeting, the President of the IUCN shared with the Minister his good impressions of the Russian exposition, noted the representativeness of the Russian delegation.

C. Xinzhen called Russia a country with a vast territory and richest biodiversity: “IUCN values ​​the significant contribution of Russia as one of the largest highly developed countries. The Russian delegation made a very good impression on the participants of the Congress. As many people as possible should learn about Russia, its rich biodiversity, as well as conservation activities, best practices and government policies. ”

Many participants named the Russian exposition one of the best in the Congress, among them the President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) C. Sinshen and the head of the international conservation fund "The Wild Foundation" Vance Martin.

Within the framework of the Congress, more than 150 people from different countries took part in the "round table" dedicated to the problems of preserving Lake Baikal and Kamchatka. Russian specialists presented presentations and videos about environmental projects, volunteer activities and the potential of cognitive tourism in nature reserves and national parks in these regions to an international audience.

Also during the Congress there was a "round table" dedicated to the protection of wild cats in Russia. The organizers summed up the results of a public vote for the name of the young tigress of the Sikhote-Alin Reserve and the kitten of the snow leopard that inhabits the Sayano-Shushensky Reserve. Most of the participants voted for the name "Sydney" for the snow leopard, in honor of the venue of the Congress. Tigrisu also called the world community Victoria, in honor of one of the states of Australia.

Given the interest in Russia's activities in the field of conservation of biological and landscape diversity, the Russian delegation held a separate "round table" on the functioning of transboundary natural reserves. The experts shared their experience of cooperation between the Paanajarvi National Park and the Kostomuksha Reserve with Finland, the Katunsky Reserve with the Kazakh Katon-Karagai National Park, the Daursky Reserve with the reserves of China and Mongolia.

“The main goal of the presence of the Russian delegation at the Congress is to adopt the best international experience. But along with this, today we have something to share, and we are happy to present our achievements to the world community, share success stories and accept proposals for cooperation, ”stressed Vsevolod Stepanitsky, Deputy Director of the Department of State Policy and Regulation in the Sphere of Environmental Protection of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia.

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