On the 4th of May representatives of the International Association of Lake Regions (IALR) met with the Advisor of the city of Como Mayor Simone Rossotti and representatives of the urban community and business circles in Italy.
This meeting confirmed the intention of the Lombardy region to take an active part in the projects of the Association, thereby consolidating lake friendship with the Irkutsk region and other regions-participants of the IALR.
On a wonderful Sunny day at the foot of the Alpine mountains, the details of the regional level of the International action "Clean coast of Eurasia", which is scheduled for June 5, 2018, were discussed. Simone Rossotti fervently supported the initiative to clean up the shores of lakes from plastic debris and promised that the Italian side will not hang up from the volunteers. Also, the Advisor of the city of Como Mayor confirmed the participation of the delegation of the city of Como and Lombardy region in the 2nd Baikal International Ecological Water Forum.
Another important and interesting project, which will unite Lombardy and Irkutsk region, will be a research and educational expedition of scientists of LIN SB RAS to Italy. In the summer of 2018, two specialists of the limnologist of the Irkutsk Limnological Institute will spend 10 days on the shores of Lake Como, studying its biodiversity and conducting educational presentations within the project "New environmental outlook". They will share the experience and knowledge gained during the 90-year of work of the Limnological Institute with young people, environmental volunteers, researchers of Lake Como and will surely return to Irkutsk with new plans and ideas. Perhaps Italian limnologists will also visit Baikal with a return visit.