18.05.2010 -

Volga Day is celebrated on 20 May, 2010

Cities along the Volga River will celebrate the Volga Day on 20 May for the third time. Scientific meetings dedicated to the Volga Day will be held in Astrakhan, Nizhny Novgorod and Volzhsko-Kamsky biosphere reserve (Republic of Tatarstan). The events are organized by the UNESCO Moscow Office and Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia in the framework of the Living Volga Programme.

The first Volga Day was celebrated in 2008. The event joined together school children, students, representatives of scientific organizations, educational institutions, ecological NGOs and local authorities. At the present moment the Volga Day has gained its followers and partners, who on their own initiate celebrations in honor of the Great River. That is why this year the UNESCO Moscow Office has decided to concentrate its activities on scientific meetings instead of public festivities. Seminar on sustainable development of biosphere reserves of the Volga River basin will be organized in Nizhny Novgorod in the framework of the “Great Rivers  - 2010” Forum. In Astrakhan experts will discuss modern approaches to ecotourism and biodiversity conservation of the Volga Delta. The seminar in Tatarstan will be dedicated to the preservation of natural and geographical complexes of the Volzhsko-Kamsky biosphere reserve.

Public celebrations will take place in Samara and Yaroslavl with the support of Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia. In addition to it, Volga Day celebrations in Astrakhan and Volgograd will be supported by the UN Development Programme and its UNDP/GEF project “Conservation of Wetland Biodiversity in the Lower Volga Region”.

The UNESCO Moscow Office appreciates efforts of everyone involved in the organization and celebration of the Volga Day, and hopes that the necessity of conservation of the Volga River will attract more attention with each year.

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