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Russia and China will implement the principles of the "green economy"

Russia and China will jointly assess environmental risks during the implementation of major infrastructure projects - this decision was made following the talks of the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia Sergei Donskoy with the Minister of Environmental Protection of the People's Republic of China Zhou Shenxiang. The talks took place in the framework of the 10-12 of the 9-th meeting of the Sub-Commission on Environmental Cooperation of the Russian-Chinese Commission on the preparation of regular meetings of heads of government held in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia on September 9, the press service of the Ministry of Natural Resources reported.

The Chinese side informed about the Sungari River Pollution Prevention Program. The measures taken have significantly improved the condition of the water body, including the impact on the restoration of populations of such species of fish as sturgeon, chum, etc.

Sergei Donskoy noted the active work of the two countries in the field of environmental protection: "Russia attaches particular importance to measures to clean up the Songhua River, and highly appreciates the measures taken by the Chinese side to improve the condition of the river."

In turn, C.Shenxian stressed that countries have come together in solving environmental problems after the accident on the Sungari River (2005).

In the framework of the Roadmap for the development of a joint legal mechanism for the exchange of information on the assessment of the impact of economic projects on the environment (EIA), the implementation of which can have a negative transboundary impact, the working group selected three projects to conduct a comparative analysis of the EIA procedures: joint construction of the Tongjiang railway bridge Nizhneleninskoe (Jewish Autonomous Region), the Amur-Hayhe border product storage and processing complex (Amur Region), The Berezovsky iron ore deposit in the Trans-Baikal Territory.

In order to identify similarities and differences in the EIA procedures on the proposed examples, the parties tentatively agreed to hold a seminar with the participation of experts and representatives of science in China in 2015.

The head of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia noted that the implementation of the principles of the green economy fully meets the challenges of the modern environmental agenda: “We welcome and fully share the principles of the green economy. An example of practical work in this area can be considered the adoption of a federal law aimed at modernizing production through the introduction of the best available technologies. ”

During the talks, S. Donskoy also noted significant progress in the work of the two countries in monitoring transboundary waters and the development of border protected areas. In addition, he noted the high level of quality of the mechanism developed by the specialists of the two countries for warning and responding to environmental situations arising in cross-border areas.

Representatives of the Chinese side fully supported the initiative to expand Russian-Chinese cooperation in the direction of "green" technologies, and also noted the high level of satisfaction with the implementation of the current agenda in the framework of the Sub-Commission.

Following the meeting, the parties signed a protocol, in which, in particular, they expressed willingness to help strengthen environmental cooperation in the framework of the SCO and BRICS, as well as other mechanisms for regional cooperation. In addition, the parties agreed to intensify work on the draft Concept of the SCO countries in the field of environmental protection.

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