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During her working trip to the Irkutsk Region, Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko held a meeting on the protection of Lake Baikal.

Victoria Abramchenko at a meeting on the protection of Lake Baikal

The meeting was attended by the Governor of the Irkutsk Region Igor Kobzev, representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, Rosprirodnadzor, Rosreestr, PPK Russian Environmental Operator, Russian Railways, RAS and others.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko, the 45th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will take place next year. It is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Our country is honored to hold this jubilee session in Russia, it will be held in Kazan. As noted by Victoria Abramchenko, Russia will do everything to prevent the inclusion of Lake Baikal in the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The meeting discussed the preparation for the UNESCO monitoring mission, issues related to the water protection zone of Lake Baikal, water level regulation and waste management in the Baikal natural territory.

According to Abramchenko, waste from settlements within the central ecological zone of the Baikal natural territory will be removed; for this, complex waste management facilities will be built. “There will be no more garbage on Lake Baikal, within the central ecological zone. The settlements that are located here, of course, will continue to live and develop, but the garbage that will be produced there as a result of the activities of these settlements will be removed outside this special territory, ”the Deputy Prime Minister noted. During the meeting, agreements were reached on specific locations for the construction of complex waste management facilities.

In addition, during the meeting, the complex development of settlements was discussed. “It is important here to look at the availability of treatment facilities so that these treatment facilities are centralized,” Abramchenko said.

Also, one of the important issues for the preservation of Lake Baikal was the elimination of the accumulated environmental damage from the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill. “This is a difficult legacy in the immediate vicinity of Lake Baikal, only a few hundred meters. But the priority measures allowed to prevent the deterioration of the ecological situation in the territory. At the first stage, we lowered and purified the above-sludge water, eliminated the risks of destruction of dams of hydraulic structures and volley pollution of the lake, ”Abramchenko said. According to her, in order to meet modern environmental requirements, it was necessary to build local treatment facilities. “Our water, according to Rosprirodnadzor, after these local treatment facilities is even cleaner than the water that comes out today from city treatment facilities,” the Deputy Prime Minister summed up. In 2022, according to Abramchenko, the design will be completed, and then work will begin on the project to eliminate the accumulated harm.

In addition, Abramchenko said that currently the Russian Academy of Sciences has begun a three-year study of the water level of Lake Baikal. After their completion, substantiations will be given for regulating the water level in the lake.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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