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List of instructions issued following a State Council Presidium meeting has been approved

June 7, 2010

Dmitry Medvedev approved a list of instructions issued following a meeting of the State Council Presidium on May 27, 2010 on improving the system of state environmental regulation.

The Russian Government has been instructed to submit to the State Duma by December 1, 2010, draft federal laws on developing the required legal and economic mechanisms.

Other instructions concern renewable energy sources, state support for innovation projects that can reduce emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases, improving regulations on the use, protection and conservation of forests, the establishment of federal and regional environmental funds, and promotion of environmental education and awareness. 

With Russia currently examining the possibility of joining the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, an instruction has also been given to draw up a package of measures to fight desertification. 

The Government has also been instructed to work together with the regional authorities in the relevant regions on drafting a federal targeted programme offering a package of measures to protect – including against cross-border impact – and ensure environmentally sustainable use of water and biological resources in the Amur River basin.

The Government has also been set a deadline of December 31, 2010, for drafting, together with interested public organisations, the principles of Russia’s environmental policy through to 2030.

June 7, 2010