19-20 SEPTEMBER 2019 Irkutsk

Welcome letters

Sergey Georgievich Levchenko

The Governor of the Irkutsk region

Dear colleagues, participants and guests of the International Baikal Ecological Water Forum!

On behalf of the Government of the Irkutsk Region and myself, I sincerely welcome you to the Baikal Ecological Water Forum.

For us, the organizers of the Forum, holding an event of such importance is certainly another step towards addressing the primary problems that Lake Baikal has to face.

At the present time, the Forum is particularly relevant - in accordance with the decree of the President of the Russian Federation, 2017 Year was announced the Year of Ecology and the Year of Specially Protected Areas. The Business Program of the Forum consists of the most relevant and significant topics, in particular, selecting technologies for wastewater treatment to be applied in the cleanest Lake of the planet. In this regard, the experience of our colleagues from other countries, who have accepted our invitation to participate in the Forum, is extremely interesting for us. We are aware that the existence of the humanity directly depends on quantity and quality of global water resources. Lake Baikal is a unique freshwater resource that has no equal in the world. It is not random that the motto of the Forum is «The World Standard of Wastewater Treatment - Water Baikal».

Another very important topic is helping young people develop environmentally concerned view of the world. Nowadays it is understood that without the involvement of youth in environmental movement we would not be able to protect the natural bounty of our country. 

I express my gratitude to all organizations, partners and colleagues, who made it possible to hold the International Baikal Ecological Water Forum. 

I am sure that the event will give impetus to the implementation of initiatives to preserve the ecosystems of Lake Baikal and the Baikal natural territory. 

I wish fruitful work, good communication and high emotions to all participants and guests of the Forum.

Valentina Ivanovna Matvienko

The Chairman of the Federation Council of the RF Federal Assembly

Dear participants and guests of the Forum!

On behalf of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and myself, I welcome you at the Baikal International Ecological Water Forum.

Currently, the issues of environmental protection in the Baikal region play a huge role in the economic and social development of Russia. Due to the importance of the Baikal natural territory for the country's economy and to the value of lake Baikal as a unique natural site, included in the List of UNESCO world heritage, the preservation of ecosystems of lake Baikal and rational use of natural resources of its basin must be realized comprehensively by joint efforts of the government and business. This will be influenced by the balance between the solution of socio-economic objectives of the state and the tasks of protection of the unique natural ecological system of lake Baikal.

Today we dispose solid legal framework, regulating the protection of the Baikal natural territory, the use of its natural resources and development of the region as a whole. However, much remains to be done taking into account both Russian and international experience.

At the Forum representatives of the business and intellectual elites of Russia and other States will discuss many relevant topics, including aspects of the development of innovative and energy efficient technologies in the water sector, develop joint solutions, implementation of which will contribute to the preservation of lake Baikal – the pearl of Russia.

I am fully confident that the Baikal International Ecological Water Forum will make a significant contribution to the development of the system of ecological safety of the Russian Federation.

I wish you successful and fruitful work.

Sergey Efimovich Donskoy

The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of The Russian Federation

Dear participants and guests of the Forum!

On behalf of the Ministry of natural resources and environment of Russia, I greet you at the one of the most important events of the Year of ecology - the Baikal International Ecological Water Forum. 

Today, here, on the Baikal land responsible and partial people from all over the world have gathered to find a solution of common global problem: to draw attention to the problems of the UNESCO world heritage site - Baikal - and to the ways of their solutions. 

I strongly believe that the Baikal International Ecological Water Forum will provide the participants with perfect opportunities for all-round and widespread discussion of the issues connected with the safeguard of the great Russian lake as well as with sustainable and secure development of the its natural territory. 

I am convinced that the subjects such as increase of ecological safety, protection of fauna and flora, eco-education, volunteering, tourism development, support of especially protected natural territories which concern the Forum participants today are as relevant as never before for contemporary Russia, adopting the principles of environmental and social responsibility.

 I wish the participants, guests and organizers of the Baikal Ecological International Water Forum fertile work and realization of the most ambitious nature conservation initiatives!

Sergey Nikolaevich Katyrin

The president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Dear participants, guests and organizers of the Forum!

On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, l welcome you to the International Baikal Ecological Water Forum!

Nowadays, promotion and introduction of modern equipment, technologies and services in the field of industrial and environmental safety with a view to preserve natural resources and ensure the improvement of the quality of life of individuals are among the most important challenges for the State. 

The International Baikal Ecological Water Forum is aimed at supporting the Strategy of the Russian Federation for ecological safety for the period up to 2025 year. Certainly, an event like this should be the first step towards carrying out such large-scale events in the future.

I am sure that the holding of the Forum will ensure progress in the issues of the formation of ecological culture and the provision of a healthy environment for people's lives.

Olga Viktorovna Timofeeva

The chairman of the Committee of ecology and environment protection of the State Duma

Dear organizers, participants and guests of the Forum!

On behalf of the Committee of ecology and environment protection of the State Duma I welcome you at the Baikal International Ecological Water Forum. 

Nowadays the problems of Baikal and the Baikal natural territory attract meticulous attention of regional and federal authorities, ecologists and public organizations. Our Committee, along with the inter-faction working group "Baikal", analyzes the initiatives of adjusting the mode of legal protection and fulfillment of economic activity in the region. The portfolio of the Committee already contains four similar bills. 

We fully appreciate the importance of  lake Baikal preservation in its pristine quality together with the possibility of development for local territories. 

It cannot be omitted that all the interested parties - authorities, business and society representatives - will attend the Forum in Irkutsk. The forum is a great opportunity to hear each other, to discuss the most acute problems, to identify ways of their solution. We are sure that the recommendations and initiatives, developed at the Forum, will find their application in practice.

We wish the participants of the Baikal International Ecological Water Forum efficient work and achievement of set goals.

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