Ministry of Economy Proposed to Close Federal Target Program for Lake Baikal Protection

24.08.2017

The Ministry of Economics of the Russian Federation sent a report to the government proposing to curtail the federal target program for the Lake Baikal protection. As a reason, errors in the management, admitted by the Ministry of Nature, are indicated.

Ministry of Economy Proposed to Close Federal Target Program for Lake Baikal Protection

In particular, the report says that some of the activities of the program have been partially or completely not implemented. For example, the negative impact of the waste accumulated as a result of the activities of JSC Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill is still not eliminated. The Ministry of Economy believes that this deprives the federal program of relevance.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Natural Resources proposed to extend the Federal Target Program for the Protection of Lake Baikal until 2025 and increase financing more than twice, to 58 billion rubles. This option is possible, but only if all the shortcomings will be corrected.