Lyubov Duyko took part in the 5TH International Forum “Ecology”

4 March 2014

On 27-28 February the experts in public environmental control discussed the issues and ways of its development in the Russian Federation.

The platform for discussion was provided by the 5th International Forum "Ecology", which took place within the framework of the Party "United Russia" project called "St. Petersburg - the Maritime Capital of Russia."

Lyubov Duyko, the Partner Chair of the Board of Partners of S&K Vertical and Deputy President of the Central Council of the ASEP, spoke at the Forum’s round table "Social Control in Russia: Ways of Development" with the report headed "Measures to Enhance Effectiveness of Public Environmental Control."

The report is based on the analysis of the current situation in Russia as to the organization of the public environmental control, and special attention was drawn to the control over one of the objects of environment, that is water.

At the outset, Lyubov referred to Article 42 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, according to which "everyone is entitled to a favorable environment, reliable information concerning its condition and compensation for the damage caused to his health or property by an environmental offence."

As one of the key points she emphasized the public concern as to the status of water reservoirs in Russia and the extremely small number of the reservoirs containing the water that meets environmental standards and is suitable for drinking. She said that it is a matter of national security.

The report raises the issues, the solution of which is of particular importance in improving environmental management in the Finnish Gulf:

• Improvement of the legislation, and of the legal framework regarding protection of environment and renewable natural resources in general;

• Improvement of the state regulation in this sphere;

• Creation of a system of the partnership between the state and public community in the field of environmental protection;

• Increased public community control and restoration of municipal environmental control;

• Organization and regulatory support of the interaction between state, public community and industry supervision in the field of ecology.

Other important measures to enhance the effectiveness of public environmental control may include:

- Restoration of supervisory and controlling functions of the municipal power;

- Increase of environmental awareness;

- Increase of the number of public community ecologists;

- Restoration of the public environmental inspection.

In the conclusion of his speech Lyubov Duyko as a lawyer and public figure addressed the administration of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region:

"From this stand I want to appeal to the State Duma deputy Mikhail Viktorovich Slipenchuk, to the member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Vadim Albertovich Tulipov, the governors of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region Georgy Sergeevich Poltavchenko and Alexander Yurievich Drozdenko. We are a unique region. We have Lake Ladoga, Europe's largest reservoir of fresh water. We have the Gulf of Finland, Neva River. Such rivers as Vuoksa, Luga, Volkhov, Svir are close. We have unique lakes of the Karelian Isthmus. It is indeed the reason to come up with a legislative initiative on the development of a special Russian Doctrine on Water Security as a component of an integrated national security doctrine. Water is clearly becoming a strategic resource. It is one of the key resources in the 21st century. "

It should be noted that proposals made during the event will be reflected in the final resolution to be submitted to the federal and regional authorities, as well as the Prime Minister and Chairman of the Party "United Russia", Dmitry Medvedev. Due to the fact that this year's forum is "Ecology. St. Petersburg, the Maritime Capital of Russia " opened a national program of activities of the Russian Federation within the "Year of the Gulf of Finland in 2014"; the resolution will also be sent to the heads of Russia, Finland and Estonia, who are the trustees of this international project.

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