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Russia will take part in the largest environmental congress of the decade in Australia

The 6th World Conservation Conservation World Congress was launched on November 12 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Russia is represented in it by more than 40 conservation specialists. The delegation is headed by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation Sergey Donskoy. E, the ministry’s press service reports.

The motto of the Congress - “Parks, People, Planet: Inspiring Solutions” encourages the global community to engage in dialogue and interaction to conserve wildlife. The event will include plenary sessions, round tables and working meetings dedicated to the preservation of the world natural heritage; exhibition pavilions will work. The Congress brought together more than 5000 people from 160 countries - this is the largest and most authoritative international forum in the field of specially protected natural areas.

"For the first time in the history of Congresses, Russia is represented by such a solid delegation - over 40 people. Among them are representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia, leaders and specialists of 24 reserves and national parks, specialized non-governmental organizations, "said 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.

Russia's wildlife conservation activities are represented in the central exhibition pavilion of the Sydney Olympic Park. In addition, the organizers of the Congress singled out several Russian themes in separate events. In particular, round tables, discussions and dialogues with the public will be held on the topics "Protection of wild cats in Russia", "Treasures of Kamchatka and Baikal", "Transboundary specially protected natural areas (PAs)", "Preservation of cultural landscapes in national parks", " Development of a network of marine protected areas ".

The main organizer of the Sixth World Congress on Specially Protected Natural Territories is the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The congress will run from 12 to 19 in November 2014 in the city of Sydney (Australia). Earlier, the Congress was hosted by South Africa in 2003 and Venezuela in 1992.

Today, Russia ranks first in the number of specially protected natural areas - over 13 thousand objects of various categories, with a total area of ​​more than 2 million sq. Km, this is 11% of the country's territory.

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