June 15, 2011
Scientific Results of “Mir Subs on Baikal” Expedition Project Summed up in Monaco
International research conference Lake Baikal – Treasure of the
World has started in the Monte Carlo Oceanography Museum founded a
hundred years ago by Prince of Monaco Albert I. This conference is
a part of a two-day presentation of scientific results of the
international research expedition Mirs on Baikal (2008-2010), a
wide-scale project by the Lake Baikal Protection Fund.
Speaking at the event’s opening ceremony on 15 June,
M.V.Slipenchuk, Head of METROPOL Group, Chairman of the Board of
the Lake Baikal Protection Fund, pointed out that efficient
environment protection in the era of globalization is only possible
through joint efforts of various countries. He also noted that “the
unique data collected by scientists during the Baikal expedition
will be sufficient for ten years”. Mr Slipenchuk further stressed
that “the platform of the Lake Baikal Protection Fund is unique:
the Fund unites a lot of movements. Its activities are pure
science, pure practice with no populism at all”.
A.N.Chilingarov, Head of the «Mir Subs on Baikal» expedition,
President of the Lake Baikal Protection Fund, Deputy of the State
Duma, thanked Mr Slipenchuk for assistance in the arrangement of
the Lake Baikal research expedition and said that “preservation of
the globally unique famous Lake Baikal that contains 83% of
Russia’s fresh water reserves and 20% of those of the world is a
nationwide task. We must know everything about the preservation of
this lake-sea”, said Mr Chilingarov.
Evaluating the significance of the three-year «Mir Subs on
Baikal» Expedition, N.S.Kasimov, Academician and First Vice
President of Russian Geographical Society, said: «Mirs on Baikal»
expedition has produced important scientific results and
facilitated the development of many projects in the Baikal Region.
It is of utmost importance to preserve Baikal’s ecosystem based on
international cooperation, interaction with Mongolia, as Baikal’s
main feeder, the Selenga River, has its waterhead in Mongolia. This
is why we are now launching a new expedition to assess the
condition of the Selenga basin”. In his turn Bertrand Fautrier,
Vice President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation noted
in his address the importance of cooperation between the Foundation
and the Lake Baikal Protection Fund.
A scientific conference held after the opening ceremony heard
reports by Аrnold Tulokhonov, Director of the Baikal Institute for
Nature Management of the Siberian Department of the Russian Academy
of Sciences, Bair Tsyrenov, Vice President of the Lake Baikal
Protection Fund, Alexander Yegorov, researcher of the Shirshov
Oceanology Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Milan
Radovanovich, Director of the Institute of Geography under the
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Gayane Petrosyan, executive
producer for documentary projects of the TV studio of Roscosmos
State Corporation, and Ivan Zhivadinovich, Director of State
Enterprise Serbia’s Water Resources.
The presentation also included a ceremonial first performance of
popular-science French-language film Depths of Baikal. This film,
shot at the order of the Fund for Protection of Lake Baikal by the
Russian State Television and Radio Company specially for the
European audience, tells of the legendary Lake Baikal and an
unprecedented international research project in that area. The
documentary’s main characters are the world’s deepest fresh-water
lake and Baikal hydronauts, who participated in the international
“Mir Subs on Baikal” expedition.
The viewers fully appreciated the film. In particular, Alexander
Zordan, Director of Vincent Pérez producer center, praised Depths
of Baikal as a movie-maker. He noted that such projects and
documentaries lay a good ground for full-length adventure feature
films, including those telling of the nature and ethnic culture of
the Baikal Region.
In conclusion of the event academician N.Kasimov highly appreciated
the completed scientific conference and noted the need for regular
public updates on the results of the “Mir Subs on Baikal”
expedition by representatives of the Fund and researchers.
The presentation of the results of Baikal expedition will
continue on 16 June.
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