25 November 2011, Friday, 15:45

Germany will support Bashkortostan in development of joint ecological projects

author: Galina Bakshieva

The prospects of cooperation between Bashkortostan and Germany in sphere of ecological safety were under discussion at the international ecological forum “The City of the Future: transfer of knowledge and technologies”, held in Meleuz on November 24 and 25.

The forum was organized by the Ministry for nature management and ecology RB, the Bashkir regional public organization “The society of Russian-German friendship “Bashkortostan-Germany” and by the local division of the Moscow State University of technologies and management by K.G. Razumovsky.

The Minister of nature management and ecology RB Azat Kutliakhmetov, the first deputy Minister of industry and innovational policy RB Khalil Rakhimov, the acting director of the Russian Agency for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision in Bashkortostan Gregory Gorobets and the head of the department “Innovational transfer systems” of the Fraunhoffer Center in Middle and Eastern Europe Stephan Preisler were taking part in the forum.

The Ministry for nature management and ecology RB works with foreign colleagues for a long time. In particular, it cooperates with the Ministry for agriculture and ecology of Saxony (Germany) since 2004. The implementation of the automated system for atmospheric air monitoring in the town of Sterlitamac has become the result of this cooperation. Other four similar stations, able to determine the source of air pollution in any part of the city, are planned to install in the same town too.

The press-service of the Ministry for nature management and ecology RB reports that not just the results of joint cooperation but the problems, hampering the joint activity, were under consideration too. Thus, the representative of the Fraunhoffer Center in Central and Eastern Europe MOEZ Helena-Olesya Betukh has called the lingual barrier one of the main problems.

Azat Kutliakhmetov has mentioned in his turn that the foreign colleagues are interested mainly in waste recycling while other directions in sphere of wild life conservation still remain underrated.

“At the same time Bashkortostan has great potential in development of ecological tourism” — the Minister said — “Moreover the specially protected natural territories cover more than 7% of the Bashkir territory. It is quite clear that development of ecological tourism needs investments”.

Solution of ecological problems of ore-mining industry can become one of possible joint projects with Germany, since the refuse hips and tailing pits, polluting underground and surface waters, still remain the main ecological problem for the trans-Ural zone – the center o ore-mining and ore-processing industry and Germany has very positive experience for liquidation of such negative after-effects.

As M-r Preisler has promised, the German party will render all necessary assistance in realization of joint ecological projects.

“We are open for cooperation and ready for joint work with Republic of Bashkortostan” — M-r Preisler stated.