"St. Petersburg Initiative" promotes international dialogue on the environmental Baltic hot spots.


Plenary Session of "St. Petersburg Initiative" held on June 23, 2016 in the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources, chaired by Director of the Department of International Cooperation Ministry of Russia Nuritdin Inamov.


The next "St. Petersburg Initiative" meeting will be held on June, 23


Focus of the meeting will be on environmental problems of the North-East region. Meeting agenda will include speeches of representatives of federal executive bodies and regional authorities, foreign and national public and private institutions, business, science and civil society.


"St. Petersburg initiative" celebrates the second anniversary. The results of the meeting held March 24-25, at the Ministry of natural resources


First in 2015 plenary session of the St. Petersburg initiative, continued a series of events dedicated to environmental issues in the Baltic region. At the same time, Spbi as an international platform for public-private partnership goes beyond purely regional associations, expanding its geographic reach and engage new regions. The event reaffirmed its international status, gathering together representatives of the Baltic region, as well as participants from Kaliningrad, Novgorod regions, Moscow and St. Petersburg.


The next meeting of the Saint-Petersburg Initiative will be held on March 24-25 at the Ministry of Nature


The upcoming meeting will focus on the environmental problems of the urban areas with an accent on "smart cities" concept., and on environmental education and outreach. In advance of the meeting, on March, 24 (from 10:00 to 14:00) with the support of the Royal Danish Consulate in St. Petersburg will be conducted the Russian-Danish seminar which will address the issues of the development of best available environmental technologies.


The plenary meeting of the «St. Petersburg Initiative» was held in St. Petersburg on October 23-24


October 23-24 at the water utility territory of St. Petersburg under the chairmanship of the Director of the Department of International Cooperation Ministry of Russia Nuritdinov Inamova a plenary session of the St. Petersburg initiative.


Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Russia will hold the next plenary session of the «St. Petersburg Initiative» on October 23-24, 2014 in St. Petersburg


In accordance with the decisions of the Forum of the Baltic Sea (April 5-6, 2013, St. Petersburg), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Russia will hold the next plenary session of the «St. Petersburg Initiative» (hereinafter SPBI) with the participation of the Steering Committee, the Council Secretariat and partners. The meeting will be held on 23-24 October in the premises of St. Petersburg water utility «information and education center» at St. Petersburg, street Shpalernaya, 56.


Representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia took part in the international «Gulf - a water area of cooperation»


During the meeting, participants noted that shall make all possible efforts to improve the environmental situation in the region of the Gulf of Finland. The main tasks for this purpose are: modernization of treatment facilities and the termination of the discharge of untreated sewage into the water bodies in the catchment area of the Gulf of Finland; gradual reduction of income of harmful substances into the marine environment; monitoring of the marine environment with the use of new technologies, installation of special equipment on board ships; marine spatial planning; combating oil spills; the creation of protected areas in the waters of the Gulf of Finland.


Representatives of the Ministry of Russia in the period from 15 to 17 July 2014 took part in the meeting of the Working Group of the Coalition partners «Climate and clean air» in Paris


The event was attended by delegates from 35 countries, 17 international organizations and financial institutions, including the World Bank, the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), etc.


Delegation of the Ministry of Russia took part in the 6th Summit "Baltic Development Forum" and the 5th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region


The event, held in Turku (Finland), was attended by Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, Prime Minister of Estonia Taavi Ryyvas, European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Twomey, Minister of Economic Development of Finland Vapavuori Yang, Minister Finnish Environment Mikko Niina, members of the Finnish Parliament, representatives of environmental agencies, business and academic circles of the Baltic region.


Results of an International Conference on Green Shipping


Today's conference - a new step in the implementation of the "St. Petersburg initiative," - said in a statement on last April 28 in the Ministry of Russia of the International Conference on "green shipping" with a focus on environmentally friendly fuels, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation Rinat Gizatulin.


The International Conference on Green Shipping will be held on 28th April 2014 in Moscow


The International Conference on Green Shipping with a focus on LNG in frames of the Saint-Petersburg Initiative, will be held on 28th April, Monday. Conference will take place in the office of Ministry of Natural Resources in Moscow, from 10:00 to 18:00. Join the high level administration and business sector actors in promoting the use of LNG in shipping, environmental protection and economic growth shaking hands, meet the business community at the “market place” at the Conference.


Fourth Plenary Session of the Initiative passed March 11, 2014 in St. Petersburg


Fourth Plenary Session passed Initiative March 11, 2014 in St. Petersburg "Vodokanal of St. Petersburg", chaired by the Director of International Cooperation Department Ministry of Russia Nuritdinov Inamova. The meeting was attended by Director General "Vodokanal of St. Petersburg" Felix Karmazin, chairman of the fund "Action Group on the Baltic Sea" Ilkka Herlin (Finland), administration of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, banks, businesses and environmental organizations, as well Danish Consul General in St. Petersburg Claus Serensen.


Plenary meeting. March 2014


The next plenary meeting featuring members of the Steering Committee and the Board of partners of the Initiative will convene on March, 11, 2014. The meeting will address the issues of implementation of the project approved at the November, 2013 Moscow meeting, main priorities for 2014 and follow up cooperation development in frames of the Initiative, including preparations for an International green shipping conference (April, 2014, Moscow). Besides, at the close of the official part a site visit to the SUE “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg” objects is planned.


2-4 December 2013, Moscow hosted IV All-Russian Congress of Environmental Protection


2013 - Year of Environment in Russia. Previous, III All-Russian Congress of of Environmental Protection held in Moscow 10 years ago, in 2003.

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Baltic region steams ahead for green technologies and alternative fuels


Enhanced regional cooperation on alternative fuels for ships have been a key matter in the Meeting of HELCOM Maritime Group closing today, which has followed up various maritime commitments of the HELCOM Copenhagen Ministerial Meeting in October 2013.


Project plans introduced in St. Petersburg Initiative (SPI) meeting in Moscow


St. Petersburg Initiative (SPI) was established at Baltic Sea Forum in St. Petersburg in April 2013 to bring private businesses, especially from Russia to the work for the Baltic Sea. The first proper cavalcade of project plans within SPI took place in Moscow 20.-21.11.2013.


Putin concerned about environmental situation in Russia


Russia's president calls for focusing on restoration of three Russian lakes - Baikal, Ladoga, Onega. The president has called for adopting a strategy on environmental security. He considers the environmental protection expenditure insufficient.


Master blueprint ready for future regional actions for a healthier Baltic Sea


The Ministers of the Environment and High-Level Representatives of the nine Baltic coastal countries and the European Union, convened in a HELCOM Meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark today, have reached an agreement on a package of extensive actions and measures.


Ministry of the Environment gives an explanation


The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation provided an explanation on the mechanism that will be used to subsidize interest rates on loans taken out for the construction (modernization) of waste disposal facilities and introduction of recycling and sustainable water supply systems.


Baltic Sea Living Room event brought together Commitment makers and other friends of the Baltic Sea


The sunny and relaxed Baltic Sea Living Room event gathered together Baltic Sea commitment makers and other friends of the Baltic Sea on 4.9.2013 at the Kulosaaren Casino, right by the Baltic Sea.


Sergey Donskoy, the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Russia, made an official visit to Finland on August 11–13, 2013


During his visit, on August 11 in Helsinki, Mr. Donskoy held a meeting with the Finnish delegation on questions of cooperation in the Baltic Region, including cooperation within the framework of HELCOM and the joint Russian-Finnish-Estonian project – Gulf of Finland Year 2014, the construction of sewage plants in Karelia (Ladoga - Neva), Leningrad and Kaliningrad Oblasts.


A meeting on the implementation of the St. Petersburg Initiative based on a public-private partnership mechanism aimed at improving the environment in the Baltic Region was held in the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources


At the meeting, participants discussed ideological issues, strategies and structures of the initiative. They analyzed the preparation of proposals for the implementation of public-private partnership mechanism in the Baltic Sea Region.


They discussed “Green Industry” at the Vodokanal (water and wastewater treatment plant)


On Thursday, June 27, the scientific-practical conference Ways to solve problems of industrial sewage purification was held at SUE Vodokanal of St. Petersburg. The conference was organized by the Russian environmental green movement, the North-West International Cleaner Production Centre of UNIDO, Russian Ecological Independent Examination (REIE), and the Public Council under the Federal Service for Natural Resources Supervision, with the support of MMC Norilsk Nickel OJSC.


BSAS-process and public-private-partnerships emphasized in the Baltic Sea recovery - Russia commits to the waste water treatment plans in the Leningrad oblast area


The first day of Baltic Sea Forum in St. Petersburg made it clear that ecological state of the Baltic Sea ranks high in the political agenda of participating countries. High ecological standards are seen as smart economics. The Baltic Sea Action Summit process, started in Helsinki 2010, was praised for its concrete approach and the Baltic Sea Forum in St. Petersburg was thanked as a timely continuation of the process.


Sergey Donskoy, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation participated in the 6th Nevsky International Ecological Congress on May 21-22, 2013 (St. Petersburg, Tavricheskiy Palace)


In his speech, Sergey Donskoy noted that a growth of awareness and an ecological culture in society is the foundation for sustainable, long-term economic development of the country. Over the last two years, more than 50 by-laws and 8 federal laws have been adopted in Russia, the main purpose of which is the formation of a rational relationship to the environment for all categories of natural resource-users.


Speech by Ilkka Herlin, BSAG,given in the first plenary session in Baltic Sea Forum 5.4. St. Petersburg


The Baltic Sea does well. It is a healthy, well-balanced ecosystem. It does not anymore suffer from eutrophication. It’s not damaged by chemicals. The risk of oil accident is minimal, and the sediments are full of life again.


Press Releases

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«Санкт-Петербургская инициатива» приступила к рассмотрению конкретных проектов, нацеленных на улучшение экологического состояния Балтики

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XII meeting of the Russian-Swedish Coordinating Committee for Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Protection

Nuritdin Inamov, director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Environment of Russia, represented Russia.


Press Release about the realisation of the Saint-Petersburg Initiative

The Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia held a meeting on the implementation of the St. Petersburg Initiative, public-private partnership aimed at improving the environment in the Baltic Region.<


On the results of the 18th Ministerial Session of the Council of Baltic Sea States

he 18th Ministerial Session of the Council of the Baltic Sea States was held in Kaliningrad Oblast under the chairmanship of Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, on June 5–6.


Press Release about the Baltic Sea Forum

One of the main and the most discussed topics of the Baltic Sea Forum was the development of public-private partnership in the region. The Russian Federation fully supports this format of cooperation, considering it the most efficient and effective.