On 26th November, a public lecture took place in the "Amital" book supermarket as part of the project called "A Large University for a Large City". The event was organised by the Department of Pre-university Education of the Academic Board of Voronezh State University in collaboration with a major book-trade chain of the Black Earth Region. A lecturer of the Department of Geography, Geoecology and Tourism Dmitry Vladimirov told the audience about the expedition of the Russian geographic society "Kyzyl-Kuragino".
The researcher also talked about an expedition to China that he has just returned from. This expedition was more formal. A group of Voronezh scientists under the leadership of Dmitry Vladimirov and with the support of the Sichuan Provincial Natural Resources Research Institute explored the highlands of East Tibet and the valleys of the rivers Min Jiang, the Yangtze and the Qingyi. A lot of attention was paid to two issues – desertification of high mountain pastures of the Plateau of Tibet and studying plants uncharacteristic of the region.
The audience learnt that the first panda was discovered in the vicinity of the city Ya'an in the Sichuan province. This area used to be covered with bamboo thicket – the favourite food for pandas. The researcher also told the audience about the National park Jiuzhaigou situated in the Sichuan province and known for its many multi-level waterfalls and colourful lakes. In 1992, it was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Dmitry Vladimirov also said that the expedition was followed by the discussion of further cooperation prospects for the next five years. According to the director of the Sichuan Provincial Natural Resources Research Institute professor Qin Zheng, the future research is a high priority for both countries and will be carried out both in Russia and China.