The Seventh Congress of the All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation, of the Order of the Red Banner of Labor (June 18-19, 1981)

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The Seventh Congress took place inMoscow. The congress heard and discussed the Central Boardĺs report on the prospectiveádevelopment of the Society for 1981-1985 and on Amendments to the Charter. Theáexecutives were elected.á

The Seventh Congress obliged theCentral Board to focus its energies on getting the public involved in resolvingáthe environmental problems of high state priority, those concerning the use ofánatural resources in the Far East and Siberia, the construction of the Baikal-AmuráMainline, the further development of agriculture in the Non Black Soil Zone ofáthe RSFSR, the prevention of further pollution of the Volga river and the riveráUral, of the Black and Azov Seas, Lakes Baikal and Seliger, etc. During these particularáyears, the Societyĺs local organizations came up with the initiative to take onáthe conservation of the natural landmarks of Russia.

The Societyĺs exhibitions andmuseums became an efficient means of propaganda.

During the next five years, the Societyĺsinternational relations expanded further, especially with the countries of theáWarsaw Pact. There were seven delegations that visited Bulgaria, Hungary,Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and the Mongolian Peopleĺs Republic. Elevenámissions from these countries visited the Society in the same period. Sovietágroups visited Switzerland, Finland and Thailand. A range of UNESCO delegates visitedáthe Society from Sweden, Norway, France, the USA, Madagascar and Finland.

The congress elected V.N. Vinogradov,Academy Fellow, as Chairman of the Presidium, and I.F. Barishpol as the DeputyáChairman.

The period after the seventhcongress was the most efficient in the Societyĺs history. In these years theáSociety was engaged in a range of governmental tasks related to the environment.áThere were several new projects such as the creation of a network of national parksáin the Russian Federation.

A special question of care for theSociety was the conservation of Yasnaya Polyana, Lake Pleshcheevo, major riversá(Volga, Don, Ural, Ob, etc.). The Society also carried out expert works at majoráconstruction projects including the Buryatia and Adygea Hydroelectric Stationsáand the Irganai dam.

Most countryĺs territories wereaimed at the development of initiatives appropriate to their ecological statesá(ôRichness and Purity to Small Riversö, ôPerfect Forests to Perfect Citiesö,áoperations Willow, Source, Bank, Living Water, etc)

The involvement of young people hadnot been forgotten. This was coordinated in conjunction with the concernedáentities following the plans that had been jointly created. á

The public was involved in the voluntarymovement in the dimensions of natural science as floriculture, aquariumáhusbandry, breeding of pigeons and songbirds, beekeeping, nature andácreativity, etc., which were created by an association of local clubs.

These clubs made a large contributionto propaganda and education, practices of different directions of environmentaláprotection, assistance and services to the public (including paid services). Througháthe ôNatureö stores network, members of the Society and the general public receivedáthe goods for nature conservation purposes, including seeds and plants, and equipment.

áThe Society lobbied for the creationof the State Nature Conservation System. It made numerous appeals to the CentraláCommittee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the Governments of theáUSSR and of the RSFSR and they achieved success. The State EnvironmentaláCommittee of the USSR and later of the RSFSR was established.

In 1984 the Society was awarded theSilver Medal of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).á