On March, 3 Radio Russia broadcasted the program «Different Time» dedicated to the proposal to introduce the new ecological zone on Baikal. It was proposed to create a special ecological zone of the Baikal natural territory for the Baykalsk town during the meeting in the Irkutsk region, which was led by the Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko. The borders and the environmental management regime of this territory will be determined by an order of Russian Federation’s Government.
During the broadcast the general director of the Lake Baikal Foundation Anastasia Tsvetkova pointed out that the creation of new ecological zone is necessary for the waste recultivation of the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill. Anastasia emphasized that waste recultivation of BPPM is a priority for the federal project «Preservation of lake Baikal». The recultivation activities extend beyond the limitations applied in the central ecological zone. That is the reason Baykask was proposed to be included in a special ecological zone. The general director also mentioned that the new measures should be deliberate and clearly regulated, should lead to the solutions of compelling problems, but should not constitute a precedent for relaxation of the the environmental management regime on Baikal territory.
The broadcast recording can be accessed at the link.