“Annually and traditionally, after the end of the campaign, we hold such extended meetings in order to sum up the results, outline new directions, note our advantages and, if there are,disadvantages, discuss them in order not to admit in the future. Of course, we gathered to reward all those distinguished at the campaign,” Gennady Bukhtin noted before the meeting.
International Environmental Campaign “Save and Preserve” is a large-scale socially significant environmental project implemented in the Autonomous Okrug since 2003, and since 2004 it has been held under the auspices of UNESCO and the International Association “Northern Forum”. XV International Environmental Campaign “Save and Preserve” was held in the Autonomous Okrug from May 19 to June 9, 2017 under the motto “Saving Nature, Determining the Future”.
“According to plan of the campaign, 36 events were held in Ugra this year, including 8 international, interregional and Okrug levels. Representatives of 22 municipalities of the Okrug, 72 constituent entities of Russia, 87 countries of the near and far abroad participated in the event. Municipalities of Ugra held about 9,693 events,” Larisa Kruglova, Head of the Department for Formation of Ecological Culture of Ugra Nature Supervision Body, said.
As a result of the campaign, more than a million tree seedlings, bushes and flowers were planted. Amount of garbage collected during clean-up events is more than 41 thousand cubic meters. 260 tons of waste paper were collected.
It was noted that the total percentage of involvement of the population of municipalities in actions of the campaign was from 10 to 60. The most active were Nyagan, Pokachi, Nizhnevartovsk, Yugorsk, Khanty-Mansiysk, and also the Sovietskiy, Kondinskiy, Beloyarskiy, Nizhnevartovskiy and Surgutskiy districts.
It is worth adding that the category of participants in the campaign in 2017 included radio amateurs. Thus, regional branch of the Union of Radio Amateurs of Russia for Ugra together with the Government of the Autonomous Okrug held the days of activity “Save and Preserve”. Radio stations with special call signs conducted 33,052 radio communication sessions with radio amateurs from 101 countries.
Number of participants in major all-Russian and international events has significantly increased, which indicates interest in the projects of Ugra. Last year representatives of 41 countries took part in the International TV Festival “Save and Preserve”, in 2017 — from 87 countries.
“This year, the representation reached a historic peak, 920 works came to the festival. Their creators are television companies, production studios and independent authors — 708 participants in total, “Irina Beznosova, Director of the Public and External Relations Department of Ugra, said.
According to Sergei Pikunov, Head of the Nature Supervisory Body of Ugra, over 15 years of its existence, events of the campaign have not lost their relevance and interest of residents of Ugra and Russia.
“Campaign will continue. We have a lot of work to do. For example, during this time we have never intentionally approached the problem of waste. I propose to the organizing committee to consider the topic of waste management, regulation of this sphere next year. Legislation is changing dramatically at federal and regional levels. 2018 should be dedicated to this topic,” Sergei Pikunov said.
At the end of the meeting of the organizing committee the awarding of active participants, organizers, winners of competitions and partners of the International Environmental Campaign “Save and Preserve” took place.