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03.12.2009. On-line conference Climate change: what it means for Russia and all of us

The Office of the Resident Coordinator in the Russian Federation , with support of the United Nations Development Programme UNDP, successfully conducted the on-line conference Climate change: what it means for Russia and all of us at RIA Novosti information agency on 3 December from 15:00-17:00.





The event was dedicated to the UN Conference on Climate Change taking place in Copenhagen on December 7-18, and attracted a lot of interest.





Three prominent experts, Victor Danilov-Danilyan, Director of the Institute of Water Problems, Alexei Kokorin, head of Russias Climate and Energy programme at WWF, and Olga Murashko, expert on indigenous peoples at the International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) took part in the event.





The experts answered 36 questions from the Internet audience on-line. The questions came from 16 destinations, including Russia, Shanghai, Sidney, and Crimea, and reflected the public interest and concern with the issue of climate change.





The Internet users were interested to find out more about the mechanisms of climate change and repercussions for the population and the environment, about measures to be taken and how the government approaches the problem. Concerns were expressed about the Russian Arctic regions and the traditional economy of the Northern indigenous peoples, which have already felt the impact of climate change.





Victor Danilov-Danilyan highlighted the importance of the meeting in Copenhagen, noting that it would not be easy for the participants of the summit to reach a legally binding global agreement.





As noted by Alexei Kokorin and Olga Murashko, the Internet discussion showed the necessity to conduct more research in the area of climate change and its impacts on the planet, and to increase public awareness and access to information about the issue.





Alexei Kokorin also stressed the importance of both developing a climate policy and concrete measures to adapt to climate change, including public health services and assistance to indigenous people. Only in this case, Russia will be able to call itself a civilized country in the full sense of the word.











The full text of the on-line conference in Russian can be found at:


http://www.rian.ru/online/195615019.html





News articles about the discussion at the on-line conference on RIA Novosti website:


In English: http://en.rian.ru/Environment/20091206/157121609.html





In Russian: http://eco.rian.ru/danger/20091203/196864968.html


http://eco.rian.ru/nature/20091203/196870677.html

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