The Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation conducted an audit of the Water Strategy of the Russian Federation until 2020. The inspection showed that the tools for solving the problems of water scarcity and flooding did not work. Most of the indicators of the Water Strategy have not been achieved. The results of the Audit Chamber’s analysis are published in the final report. Lake Baikal Foundation is one of the experts supporting changes in the country’s water resources management system, taking into account the challenges of sustainable development in the future of ten to fifteen years.
The solutions that the Foundation recommends to pay attention to in the report are: creation of a system for monitoring anthropogenic impacts on water bodies (sources and ways of pollution), technological updating of the hydromonitoring system, improvement of the system for training qualified personnel working in the water management complex, updating training programs on water resources management. The Foundation’s experts also reveal the problems of the quality of design and estimate documentation for sewage treatment plants, the development of dialogue between the state and water users, and the culture of saving water resources.
The full version of the report can be read here. The expert comment by Anastasia Tsvetkova, General Director of Lake Baikal Foundation, is published on page 67.
It is assumed that the conclusions and recommendations of the Accounting Chamber will be used to develop the Water Strategy of the Russian Federation until 2035.