St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

On June 2, a round table was held at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF'21) : "Water pollution by microplastics as an actual problem of our time".

The round table was moderated by the Director of the Association of Environmental Partnerships (NP "AsEP") Boris Krylov and Olga Senova, Chairman of the Board of the interregional environmental organization "Friends of the Baltic".

The reports and presentations at the round table were presented by Mikhail Strakhov, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Nature Management, Environmental Protection and Environmental Safety of St. Petersburg, Pavel Mikhailov, Director of the Nature Management Directorate of the State Unitary Enterprise Vodokanal of St. Petersburg, Shamil Pozdnyakov, Director of the Institute of Lake Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Alexandra Yershova, Associate Professor of the Russian State Hydrometeorological University, and other specialists.

The main ways of microplastics entering the water area of the region (Lake Ladoga – Gulf of Finland) were considered and its increasing accumulation in all media was noted.

The discussions highlighted not only the relevance of continuing research, but also the importance of reducing the use of single-use plastic, as well as the proper disposal of reusable plastic. It was noted that new strategies and technologies for handling plastic are needed.

The development of rational approaches in this direction can be facilitated by the developments of the projects of the cross-border cooperation Program "South-Eastern Finland – Russia 2014-2020": BBC1 "Business in biotechnology and circular economy" and Cool4City "Clean green city by smart waste management".

Photos from the event can be viewed in the album.