Regional government held a meeting of the Working Expert Group for Biodiversity Conservation of the Interagency Board of the Sakhalin Oblast chaired by Natalya Koltunovich, Director of the Department of Environmental and Water Resources Protection of the Sakhalin Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
The meeting’s agenda included four key items. First, Ministry of Forestry and Hunting presented an action plan for the implementation of the Sakhalin Oblast Biological Diversity Conservation Strategy for the Period Until 2025. The plan has already entered finalisation stage; nevertheless, organisations can still suggest amendments until 15 June.
Secondly, the participants discussed conservation of protected bird species of the Sakhalin Oblast and were presented with reports by Vladimir Zykov from Exxon Neftegas Limited (On Monitoring of Aero Fauna near Sakhalin-1 Assets) and Oleg Burkovsky of Sakhalin Energy (On Monitoring of Protected Bird Species within the Potential Impact Area near Sakhalin Energy Assets). Additionally, Timofey Zvezdov spoke about the sea eagle monitoring programme implemented by the operator of the Sakhalin-2 project. Deputy Minister of Forestry and Hunting of the Sakhalin Oblast Danila Dudarev shared information about the bird conservation actions taken by the Ministry in 2018 and 2019.
“We take steps to improve our practices. For example, we introduced video recording into our methodology and started engaging public inspectors. We see positive results from these adoptions and plan to continue working in this direction,” said Danila Dudarev.
Gazpromneft-Sakhalin and Exxon Neftegas Limited representatives gave reports on the measures aimed at impact mitigation and marine mammals conservation.
The final part of the meeting centred on discussions of various initiatives for biodiversity conservation in the Sakhalin Oblast. Natalya Tsarenko, Secretary of the Working Expert Group for Biodiversity Conservation and Head of the Environmental Monitoring and Biodiversity Conservation Subdivision at Sakhalin Energy, shared the company’s experience of conducting training workshops on oiled wildlife response actions.
“Our company holds these workshops for its employees every year, and also organises periodic expanded training courses. We plan to conduct the next such course in October and would like to invite representatives of oil and gas companies, government agencies, scientific and public associations to join in,” concluded Natalya Tsarenko.
Sergey Makeev, representative of the Sakhalin branch of Glavrybvod Federal State Budgetary Institution, spoke about the activities implemented in the region in association with the International Year of the Salmon and about the initiatives to revitalise the population of sturgeon.
Natalya Koltunovich thanked the members of the Working Expert Group for good work. The next meeting of the Group is scheduled for the autumn of this year
28 May 2019