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Minister of Natural Resources of Russia Met Baltic Sea Action Group in Helsinki

During the official visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Finland, Minister of natural resources and ecology, Sergey Donskoy has met Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG). According to the Baltic Sea Action Plan, Russia will stop all untreated wastewater discharges from the coastal cities and towns to the Baltic Sea. So far wastewater from Kaliningrad, Lomonosov and several other coastal towns flows to the sea without any treatment.

Joint activities and co-operation around the Baltic Sea Action Summit (BSAS) which will be held in Russia in spring 2013 was discussed during the meeting. First BSAS was initiated by President of Finland, Tarja Halonen, Prime Minister of Finland Matti Vanhanen and BSAG and took place in Helsinki in 2010.

According to “National Implementation Program on Improvement and Rehabilitation of the Baltic Sea Ecosystems” (NIP), Russia is going to develop systems of water supply and water discharge in the Russian part of the Baltic Sea region. These measures will allow to increase the level of wastewater treatment in St.Petersburg by 98 % until 2015. Similar plans are to be implemented in the Leningrad region as well.

Among the initial plans of NIP there is also construction of wastewater treatment plant in Kaliningrad and several other coastal towns. Today wastewater from this towns flows directly into the Baltic Sea. According to Olga Senova, chair of the “Friends of the Baltic” NGO, for instance, discharge from Lomonosov town, which is situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 43 km away from St.Petersburg and has 40 000 people of population, brings more than 160 tons of Nitrogen and 35 tons of Phosphorous to the Baltic Sea every year. This leads to increase of eutrophication and every year larger and larger parts of the Gulf of Finland are blooming thus losing their recreational function.

You can find more active and completed commitments to the Baltic Sea at BSAG.fi

Source: www.bsag.fi

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