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19.05.2010 UNDP and GEF support Volga River Day in Volgograd and Astrakhan

On May, 20-21, 2010 in Astrakhan and Volgograd activities devoted to International Volga Day will be held with the support of the UNDP/GEF Project Conservation of wetland biodiversity in the Lower Volga river.








The regional organizers of the Volga Day in Astrakhan are OOO Art River, Astrakhan Oblast regional department of All-Russian Public Organization (AO RD ARPO) Center of ecological politics and culture, Astrakhan biosphere reserve and Astrakhan Oblast Ministry of sport and tourism. On May, 20, 2010 in Azimut-Hotel Astrakhan there will be held a seminar Modern approaches to ecological tourism and conservation of the Volga delta biodiversity. On the agenda of the meeting there are reports and discussions on various issue-related topics and presentation of the representative of Fund of ecological tourism Dersu Uzala (Moscow). The meeting will be participated by representatives of ecological tourism business and other organizations concerned in development of ecological tourism in the Volga delta. The seminar is organized by Astrakhan biosphere reserve and Ministry of sport and tourism.








On this day in the central part of Astrakhan OOO Art River and AO RD ARPO Center of ecological politics and culture will arrange entertaining activities aimed at ecological awareness raising including photo display, exhibition of drawings, competition of pavement drawings, ecological body-art, flash-mob with students of Astrakhan higher educational institutions. There will be organized a graffiti festival, ecological contests for the guests of the holiday, work of the 3 topical stations, display of crafts. Ecological banners contest will be held among students of higher institutions. After theme-related activities performances of creative team and childrens ecological theatres will take place in the Institute of Natural Science of Astrakhan State University. The winners and active participants of the event will be awarded with souvenirs and memorable gift from the organizers and partners of the meeting.








On May,21, 2010 the Volga Day activities will be held in Volgograd. The UNDP/GEF Project Conservation of wetland biodiversity in the Lower Volga region jointly with the Lower Volga basin water department and Volgograd State University of Architecure and Civil Engineering will arrange a round-table talk Ecological problems in the Volga and Volga basin. On the agenda there is opening of the Volga Day in Volgograd, reports and discussions on various issue-related topics. The round-table talk will be participated by representatives of RF Ministry of natural resources, UNDP (Moscow), legislative and executive administrative bodies of the Volgograd oblast, environment management bodies, manufacturing businesses, protected areas, higher institutions and public ecological organizations. The participants will answer the questions of mass-media. Within the frames of the Volga Day Volgograd Regional Public Organization Green Orbit and members of Childrens Ecological Parliament will arrange activities to clean the Volga banks from domestic waste, childrens' ecological festival The Volga river in my life in Central district.

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