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Greetings on the opening of the 1st National Dokuchayev Conference

November 9, 2023

Vladimir Putin sent his greetings to the participants, organisers and guests of the 1st National Dokuchayev Conference named after Vasily Dokuchayev, the founder of the national soil science school.

The message reads, in part:

“Russia’s key national priorities include using natural resources in a caring and sustainable manner, ensuring environmental safety and improving the quality of life for its people.

Our historical regions, the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, have established themselves as major industrial centres. Environmental protection is a major factor here. It is for this reason that the transition to peaceful life in Russia’s new regions, which is already underway, will include among its key elements major upgrades at manufacturing sites, for the energy sector, transport, housing and utilities infrastructure, effective water and forest management.

It is essential that volunteers from Novorossiya and Donbass, as well as from across so many cities and villages of our country, united and vast as it is, as well as activists representing civil society, academic and youth organisations have all become proactively involved in environment protection and educational projects, while also helping national parks, reserves and ecosystems recover from the damage they sustained during hostilities.

I am certain that it is by uniting our efforts that we will overcome all the challenges and tests we come across. We will undoubtedly achieve all the objectives we have set for ourselves.”

November 9, 2023