Ecosystems Development. World Experience

15 May 2013, Wednesday
Pete Wood, the Chairman of the Commission on Ecosystems Management of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Kalev Sepp, a professor of the Estonian University of Life Sciences, visited the Kazan Federal University. Guests were accompanied by the Minister for Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Tatarstan, Artem Sidorov. The meeting with the staff of the University and a visit to the zoological museum was organized for guests. Then the lecture on the “Ecosystems Development. World Experience” took place. Pete Wood, the Chairman of the Commission on Ecosystems Management of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Kalev Sepp, a professor of the Estonian University of Life Sciences, made their reports to the tutors and students of the university.
 
The event took place within the framework of the republican environmentally educating campaign “Global Environmental Lesson”. Rustem Kamalov, the First Deputy Minister for Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Tatarstan, told that experts of the International Union for Conservation of Nature came to the republic at the initiative of the republic in order to demonstrate our experience in 50 countries, in particular, our achievements in the climate change, our experience in Europe, the Republic of Tatarstan (it is referred to the historical complex Sviyazhsk getting the status of UNESCO). In 2015 Tatarstan, as the most advanced subject of the federation, will be ready to organize the International Congress of biodiversity conservation.
 
Kalev Sepp also touched upon the subject of the international event. According to him, the main objective of their arrival in Tatarstan is discussion of the organization of the world congress in Kazan. “There are many problems in the world. Nowadays the climate change is one of the main trends, but a decrease in biodiversity is the most important problem. Besides, the ocean pollution makes a very serious problem”, - stated Sepp. As for the possible way out of the current situation, he said the following: “In order to avoid an ecological disaster, production has to be clearer, all countries have to work in this direction together. We need scientific knowledge as often together with new development and emergency of new technologies, new issues appear”.
 
In his turn, Pete Wood pointed out that ecosystems management plays a predominating role in the fight against problems and climate changes: “Nowadays, we often speak about environmental problems, we have a lot of opportunities that could be shared. Of course, it is possible to deal with the problems and climate changes by means of ecosystems management. In Kazan you produce oil, this production can do harm, but we have examples when it does not do harm when using particular technologies. Ecosystems management can give a chance to solve environmental problems”.
 
Besides, in the course of the working trip to the Republic of Tatarstan Pete Wood, the Chairman of the Commission on Ecosystems Management of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Kalev Sepp, a professor of the Estonian University of Life Sciences, visited the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Tatarstan where their meeting with the Minister Artem Sidorov took place. Then the sightseeing tour around the city Kazan was organized for guests. Source: materials of the Press Service.
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