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16:09 | Aug 12 | 2014

X International Ecological Forum completed in Yakutsk

 August 01-10, 2014 the city of Yakutsk hosted X International Youth Environmental Forum under the auspices of the International Organization "The Northern Forum". The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) was honored for the first time to host an international ECO Forum. Moreover, this year is the anniversary of this Forum. The theme of X ECO Forum "Clean City - Clean Planet" is highly relevant today.

The main organizers of the X-th ECOForum - the Administration of the City District "Yakutsk", the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Ministry of Youth and Family Policy of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Ministry of Federal Affairs and External Relations of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

The goal of the Forum is to involve young people in scientific and practical environmental activities, promoting the participation of young people in environmental issues and discussion of practical solutions to environmental issues.

34 people attended this Ecoforum: 6 participants from the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District, 5 - from the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, 3 – of Hokkaido Prefecture (Japan), 5 - from the city of Heihe (China), 8 - from the regions of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and 7 - from Yakutsk. All participants were accommodated in the center of leisure and health for children "Sosnovy Bor (Pinery)", extensive scientific-educational, cultural and excursion program was organized for them, including the cruise down the Lena River to the Natural Park "Lena Pillars".

August 8 Head of the City District "Yakutsk" Aisen S. Nikolaev attended the final stage of the Forum, namely the presentation of environmental projects. The participants from five teams presented their projects, which they developed during the Forum - "Reducing forest area", "Solid waste management", "Air pollution by the coal industry". The presentation was held in two languages: Russian and English. Aisen Nikolayev thanked everybody for their participation, effort and hard work, and also made ​​a number of proposals to improve the work on the issues of concern, shared his experience and vision of the implementation of the topics presented.

The panel of judges, headed by Aisen S. Nikolayev, consisted of 4 experts: Executive Director of the International Organization "The Northern Forum" Vladimir Vasiliev, Head of Environmental Education and the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Tatiana Fomicheva, Deputy Director of the National Centre of Environment, Tourism and Agronomic Education of Sakha (Yakutia) Vyacheslav Karamzin, Director of the “Sosnovy Bor” Center Yana Ivanova. The judges noted high level of all the works.

Deputy Head of Social Affairs of the City District "Yakutsk" Evdokia Evsikova addressed warm wishes to the participants and guests, thanked the organizers of the Forum and awarded the “Sunflowers” Team with III place Diploma. Diploma for II place was presented to the team of «Pine beavers» by Acting Minister of Federal Affairs and External Relations of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Mikhail Kulikov. Executive Director of "The Northern Forum" Vladimir Vasiliev presented the«Polar star» team with Diploma of I degree.

“"Look, look closely at the world around us - how it is beautiful and amazing – this is our world. Nature is generous and unselfish, good and defenseless. And our lives are inseparable from it. We merged, we are one unit” – these words were the parting words and symbolic completion of the Forum in Yakutsk.

Press Center of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and External Relations of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia