On 25-26 May 2017, the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member Nations, the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation will co-organize the 8th Nevsky International Ecological Congress “Environmental Education – A Clean Country” in the Tavrichesky Palace, St. Petersburg. The Congress will focus on the issues of environmentally responsible behavior, developing “green economy”, sustainable practices of production and consumption, and healthy lifestyles.

The Organizing Committee of the Congress is presided by Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the IPA CIS Council, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

The platform of the Congress is an effective tool for discussing the key issues of environmental protection and management, and strengthening inter-parliamentary cooperation in harmonization of environmental laws.

The key purpose of the 8th Nevsky International Ecological Congress is to launch a broad discussion and facilitate exchange of information and best practices in the field of building a framework of environmental education as a safeguard of environmental security, protection of public health, implementation of winning strategies and policies on the improvement of waste management systems, and introduction of best available technologies.

According to the Decrees of the President of the Russian Federation, 2017 is declared the Year of Ecology and the Year of Protected Natural Conservation Areas in Russia, therefore, the program of the Congress will particularly focus on improving legislation for developing a system of protected natural conservation areas and maintaining biodiversity.

The substantive program of the Congress will feature a plenary session and thematic round tables involving discussions on the most significant environmental aspects by leaders of legislative and executive authorities, international organizations, representatives of the business community, educational and research institutions, the media, NGOs from across the Commonwealth of Independent States and beyond.

As an outcome of the discussions, some proposals will be drafted with a view to improve legislation aimed at further promotion of environmental education, enhancing of inter-regional and cross-border cooperation in the CIS space, introduction of environmentally friendly and resource-saving technologies, ensuring a healthy environment, and raising living standards.

The Congress will also feature thematic events and guided tours to protected natural conservation areas. The participants will be able make an input to the restoration of the lost trees in the gardens and parks of St. Petersburg.

To register for the 8th Nevsky International Ecological Forum, participants are requested to fill in the online form in the official website of the Congress at www.ecocongress.info. More information on the Congress will be available in its official website and the website of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly at www.iacis.ru.