Between 3 and 12 November, a delegation of Voronezh State University paid a visit to Sichuan Provincial Academy of Natural Resource Sciences. The delegation consisted of representatives from the Faculty of Geography, Geoecology, and Tourism, Associate Professor Tatiana Prozhorina, Associate Professor Dmitry Vladimirov, and the staff of the Kozo-Polyansky Botanical Garden of Voronezh State University, the Director, Andrei Voronin, and a leading research fellow, Lilia Lepeshkina.
The goal of the trip was to conduct joint research to study regional biodiversity in the county of Pingwu where a giant panda was seen for the first time. The county has a provincial nature reserve “Wujiao” and Sichuan national panda reserve “Wanglang” where the international consortium of scientists worked most of the time.
The Voronezh specialists also learnt how Chinese colleagues clean the water reservoirs of different pollutants with the help of so called “floating islands”, a modular construction with plants. The plants in the system accumulate pollutants and improve the water quality.
The visit also included negotiations with representatives of Sichuan Institute of Nuclear Science and Geology. They invited Voronezh experts to take part in joint projects aimed at studying soil pollution with heavy metals. The Head of the Department of Resources and Environment of the Sichuan Provincial Academy of Sciences proposed to develop a detailed plan for the next five years.
“The cooperation between Voronezh State University and our academy is five years old. We have been carrying out successful investigations in the following areas: the control of desert invasion and the study of alien plant species. Now, we need to prepare a detailed cooperation plan for the next five years to achieve even better results,” said Dr. Weigo.
The proposal was supported by both parties and the Russian and Chinese specialists are now working on the plan.