On 20 October, the discussion “Ecological policy of the EU “Green Deal”: The role of Russia in the “green” transformation of Europe”. The meeting was held as part of the project “Green Campus VSU: On the green track”. The project is supported by the EU delegation to Russia.
The discussion was held in a mixed form: online and face-to-face. Among its participants were Russian and international specialists in the area of international relations, science, and ecology. The guests joined the talk on ecological policy within the framework of the international forum “Public diplomacy in the dialogue between Russia and the EU” (the forum started at VSU on 19 October).
The discussion was led by Professor Semion Kurolap, Dean of the Faculty of Geography, Geoecology, and Tourism of VSU, who gave a report dedicated to important areas of environmental safety in Russia and Europe. In his report, Semion Kurolap paid attention to present-day ecological and climate-related risks, which cannot be ignored when developing efficient ecological policy. The professor considered many aspects of this policy using Voronezh as an example: its environmental situation, city development, and industrial activities.
Associate Professor Natalia Ryazanova from the Department of Systematic Issues of Nature Management and Ecology at the Faculty of Applied Economy and Commerce at Moscow State Institute of International Relations gave a report about the opportunities of the youth agenda in the public diplomacy (based on the example of Russia and the EU). She proposed some ideas regarding using the potential of VSU and Voronezh to develop international contacts. Some of the potential is based on the fact that Voronezh has seven twin-cities. Five of them are in Europe and the other two are in the USA and China.
Sergey Skokov, an international expert in the area of environmental protection, climate change, and energy efficiency of the EU programme “Public diplomacy in Russia”, and Associate Professor Mariš Martin from the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra made presentations online. The report of Mariš Martin was dedicated to Russian and European partnership and long-term results of these relations.
Among other participants of the discussion were representatives of All-Russian Society of Nature Conservation and Russian and international scientific communities.