Buryatia, Irkutsk region and the Republic of Altai signed a memorandum on the establishment of the Association of Lake Regions on environmental safety, innovative technologies, science, art and education. The document is intended to strengthen cooperation and successfully solve problems of water resources conservation at the international level.

In Irkutsk on Wednesday, September 13, a Memorandum on the establishment of the Association of Lake Districts on environmental safety, innovative technologies, science, art and education was signed. The signatures of the document were put by the Acting President. Minister of Natural Resources of Buryatia Yury Safyanov, Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Angara Territory Andrei Kryuchkov and Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Altai Republic Irina Lozovaya.

According to Yuri Safyanov, Buryatia and the Irkutsk region are most interested in creating an organization within which regions will be able to solve issues of waste utilization and processing on lakes, strengthen environmental monitoring of water quality, expand scientific and educational cooperation between limnological centers, and develop socially responsible ecotourism.

- Due to the violation of the ecological balance in the water bodies, a serious threat of significant deterioration of the ecological situation as a whole is created, therefore, we face a huge task of protecting the hydrosphere and maintaining biological balance in the biosphere. The signing of the memorandum is an important event aimed at establishing cooperation to study and solve the problems of large lakes in the Eurasian space, "said the Acting Minister of Natural Resources of Buryatia.

The Memorandum remains open for signature. The initiative to create such an organization was supported in Karelia, the Trans-Baikal Territory, the Leningrad Region, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Belarus, Italy, Switzerland. The main task of the Association will be cooperation in the study of large lakes in the Eurasian space.

The signing of the document took place on the eve of the Baikal International Ecological Water Forum, which will be held on September 14-15 in Irkutsk.

Yuri Safyanov, Acting Minister of Natural Resources of the Republic of Bashkortostan will take part in the work of the forum from Buryatia. In total, more than 500 participants - Russian and foreign experts, representatives of federal and regional executive authorities of the Russian Federation, scientific and public organizations, as well as foreign and domestic companies for the development of technologies and the production of equipment for wastewater treatment are planned to participate.

Within the framework of the forum, the most important aspects of the development of innovative and energy-efficient technologies in the water sector will be discussed, and joint solutions will be developed, the implementation of which will contribute to the preservation of the unique ecosystem of Lake Baikal.

By 2040, the world's population will increase to 9 billion people, and the need for water resources will increase by 30 percent. The world's reserves of freshwater lake are 123,000 km3. The bulk of the Russian fresh water - 26,000 km3 - is concentrated in the 16 largest lakes (Baikal, Ladoga, Onega, Teletskoye and others). Lake Baikal accounts for 80% of the total fresh water in Russia.



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