Mainstreaming biodiversity
conservation into Russia's energy
sector policies and operations

Working groups

Working group is the core element for the implementation of each Project component. Working groups are set up on an open and free basis to include representatives of stakeholders within the authorities, participating companies, environmental non-governmental and public organizations and other institutional partners. The working groups’ main objectives are to formulate the meaningful part of work plans, terms of reference, and assess the quality of work being performed, to assure that the outcomes are applicable and useful to more project participants.

Legal Sector Working Group

The working group for legal issues was established to draft proposals on amendments concerning environmental impact assessment in the Russian Federation laws, as well as in a number of federal laws on the introduction of biodiversity conservation principles in economic activities of oil and gas, coal-mining and energy companies. Anticipated that implementation of the Project proposals on improvements in the Russian laws will help minimise the energy sector’s negative impact on biodiversity and encourage positive efforts for its conservation in Russia. Furthermore, the proposed changes are to ensure a growth in energy sector companies’ investments in state-of-the-art solutions for biodiversity conservation and their streamlining into the industry’s routine operations.

Hydropower Sector, Oil Sector and Coal mining Sector Working Groups

The working groups for the introduction of state-of-the-art technologies in the three energy sector were established to mainstream biodiversity conservation into Russia’s energy sector policies and operations. 
A separate activity in each working group is development of the “Compendium of Innovative Solutions for Biodiversity Conservation". The compendia will address possible biodiversity threats from energy sector (oil and gas, coal, hydropower) operations for all of the ecosystems that have the potential to be impacted from the industry. Compendia will offer best practices for biodiversity conservation solutions as well as demonstrate the reduced impacts from new technologies and approaches.  Specific examples from international experience will be described.

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