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Roundtable Discussion: Protecting Environmentally Sensitive Areas in Russia’s Kuban Delta from Oil and Gas Development
November 8, 2012 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Protecting Environmentally Sensitive Areas in Russia’s Kuban Delta from Oil and Gas Development—the Role of Civil Society Organizations
Roundtable discussion with representatives of the Russian environmental group, Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus
Citizen efforts at environmental protection in Russia have become an increasingly risky prospect over the past years. However, groups like the Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus, based in Krasnodar region, continue to seek ways to protect environmentally sensitive areas despite the hostile environment for civic groups and the increasing repression on environmental and other civic leaders.
Please join us for a roundtable discussion to meet three Russian environmental experts working to protect the fragile wetlands of the Kuban region of Russia from oil and gas and other industrial development. We will also discuss similar efforts in North Carolina to protect wetlands and prepare for the prospect of hydraulic fracturing and other drilling in parts of the state.
Dima Shevchenko, deputy director of Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus; Vadim Novopashin, board member of Environmental Watch and elected regional council member in the Temriuk region of Russia; and Alexander Biriukov, board member of Environmental Watch and elected member to the municipal council in Primorsko-Akhtarsk region in Russia.
Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus in the US on an exchange program organized by Crude Accountability, an Alexandria, Virginia-based environmental and human rights nonprofit organization. The exchange is funded by the Eurasia Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
The roundtable is sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center@ Franklin Humanities Institute and the Nicholas School of the Environment.