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Keep Baikal alive!

 

UNESCO supported the requirements for the protection of lake Baikal

34th Session of the world Heritage Committee of UNESCO endorsed the demands of the 125 thousand people who signed the appeal to the leadership of this organization with the request to protect Baikal. The Committee demanded to urgently develop measures that will allow to exclude pollution of Baikal with BPPM sewage. The Committee also urges to solve social and economic problems of the city of Baikalsk is not to the detriment of nature.

The world heritage Committee intends to thoroughly investigate the situation and to this end requested the Director of the world heritage Centre to organize a meeting with the Russian authorities, the owners of the plant, members of the public to definitively clarify the situation and to adopt urgent measures to address it.

BAIKAL IS NOT A BARGAINING CHIP!

The government and the oligarchs are once again trying to make a bargaining chip unique lake Baikal. The decision to launch the Baikal pulp and paper mill puts an end to the development of the city of Baikalsk and the whole region. It allows you to dump toxic wastewater into the cleanest lake of the planet, than violate Russian legislation and international commitments for the conservation of the lake. Baikal is a unique property of all mankind, which is under protection of UNESCO.This organization must apply to the Government of the Russian Federation with a demand to stop pollution of the lake. In the past, together, we were able to prevent construction of the pipeline on the shore of lake Baikal. After a public campaign V. Putin had said: “If there is even the slightest probability of pollution of lake Baikal, we must do everything so that this danger is not to minimize, and eliminate”.

The Director-General of UNESCO

Ms. Irina Bokova

Dear Mrs. CEO!

I want to Express my deep concern over the adoption by the Government of the Russian Federation order No. 1 of 13 January 2010 “On amendments to the List of activities prohibited in Central ecological zone of Baikal natural territory”. As a result of the enactment of this Ordinance, the Baikal pulp and paper mill (BPPM), like any other businesses, are legally allowed to drop to the lake of toxic waste water without any restrictions, and also to store, process and burn up on its shores all waste, even the most dangerous.

Lake Baikal is a unique natural object from the point of view of biological diversity and the largest natural reservoir of fresh water on the planet.

In 1996 the world heritage Committee of UNESCO recognized the lake Baikal a world heritage site. Baikal is one of the few territories included in the world heritage List from all the world 4 the criteria used for nominations.

The decision to resume the work of the BPPM threatens the greatest lake in the world and irreparable damage already caused a wide protest by Russian and foreign community.

Dear Mrs Bokova, I ask You, as the head of the authoritative international organization, to do everything possible to save this unique natural object that has world heritage status.

I’m sure(a) that has all the possibilities to cancel the above decision of the Government of the Russian Federation and creating necessary conditions for the development of alternative industries and the tourism industry in the Baikal region.

In the past, only through the active involvement of UNESCO, for mankind have been saved such a unique cultural objects, like the pyramids of Giza in Egypt and the archaeological site of Delphi in Greece. Now help lake Baikal urgently needs UNESCO. Natural heritage is no less valuable for humankind than cultural and if not stopped now environmentally, socially and strategically unreasonable tendencies, we can lose one of the world’s natural gems.