Russia Carries out National Project for Air Purification in 12 Industrial Cities

The air will be 20% cleaner in 12 Russian industrial cities as a result of the implementation of the ecology national project. This was announced on Saturday by the Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kobylkin at a meeting with participants of the North-Caucasian youth forum Mashuk.

“At 20% we have to clean the air in 12 cities, but this does not say that we will work only in these cities, we will work throughout the Russian Federation, we just started this large-scale project,” he said, as reported by TASS.

Kobylkin noted that the problem of air pollution is, first of all, relevant to industrial centers.

“In the Caucasus, there is always clean air, and you can’t imagine what it means to breathe hard in the city, such situations arise more in the Urals, Chelyabinsk, Sverdlovsk region,” the minister explained.

The Ecology national project includes the following sections: “Clean Country, Integrated Solid Waste Management System, Infrastructure for Waste Management of I-II Hazard Classes, Clean Air, Clean Water, and Volga Recovery”,”Conservation of unique water bodies”,”Conservation of Lake Baikal,” “Conservation of biological diversity and the development of ecological tourism”,”Conservation of forests” and “Implementation of the best available technologies”. In total, it is planned to spend 4 trillion 41 billion rubles on the implementation of the national project.

The North Caucasus Youth Forum Mashuk has been held in Pyatigorsk (Stavropol Territory) since 2010, during which time about 20,000 people took part in it. In 2018, the forum was held from August 10 to 24, almost 2,000 representatives of the regions of Russia and foreign countries gathered at it. In 2019, the forum runs from August 9 to 30, for the first time a third shift will be organized at Mashuk, and the number of participants will increase to 3,000 people.