On October 14, a meeting of representatives of non-profit environmental organizations of Russia and France took place at the French Institute in Moscow.
Cyril Barneria, Director for International Relations of the French Agency for Biodiversity, Anna Rosenstil, Attache for Interdepartmental Cooperation of the French Embassy in Moscow, and Olga Alisova, Assistant of the Department for Interdepartmental Cooperation of the French Embassy in Moscow attended the meeting. Russian non-profit organizations were represented by Ekaterina Krymkina, Project Manager of Lake Baikal Foundation, and Irina Onufrenya, Director of the WWF Biodiversity Conservation Program.
The purpose of the meeting was to exchange information on the activities of non-profit organizations in the field of biodiversity conservation and on the functioning of federal and regional environmental protection mechanisms in Russia and France. Ekaterina Krymkina spoke about the key projects of Lake Baikal Foundation aimed at studying and preserving populations of endemic animals in the Baikal natural territory. During the discussion, special attention was paid to the interaction of non-profit organizations and specially protected natural areas (protected areas), as well as scientific institutes that jointly implement biodiversity programs.
The participants of the meeting agreed on the need to maintain contacts for the exchange of experience on projects for monitoring animal populations and the development of specially protected natural areas.
Lake Baikal Foundation thanks the French Institute in Moscow for the warm welcome, as well as the French Embassy in Russia for the opportunity to discuss the best practices in the field of biodiversity conservation with Russian and French colleagues!