Don parliamentarians adopted a new law on the protection of forest belts

At a regular meeting of the Legislative Assembly of the Rostov Region, the deputies of the Don parliament adopted a number of norms in the field of urban planning, environmental management and social security. The event was held under the leadership of the Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the Rostov Region – Alexander Ishchenko.

The meeting began with the “Government Hour”, during which the issue of the state and development of the coal industry in the Rostov region was considered. The main speaker on this topic was the Deputy Minister of Industry and Energy of the Don Region Vladimir Klimenko.

According to him, at present, five mines continue to operate in the Rostov region. Employees of these enterprises in 2020 mined more than 5.5 million tons of coal, which is almost 3% more than in the previous year. The global trend for the coal mining industry is the transition to renewable energy sources: gas and hydrogen energy. This is due to concern for the ecology of our planet.

Thanks to modern technologies of deep processing of coal, now it is possible to obtain from it many other valuable elements that are in demand in the world market for the production of fertilizers, filters and much more. However, the lack of such technologies in Russia halts this direction, so most of the coal mined in the Don region is exported abroad.

According to Igor Burakov, chairman of the Don parliament’s committee on economic policy, coal should be viewed not only as a fuel, but as a raw material for the production of complex products with high added value.

“Miners make an invaluable contribution to the gross regional product,” commented Alexander Ishchenko, speaker of the Legislative Assembly. -Our mines are changing the formats of their work, working on the introduction of new technologies. Legislative mechanisms should ensure, on the one hand, the development of the industry, and on the other hand, the compliance of its standards with modern requirements.

The second important issue discussed at the meeting was the adoption of the regional law “On the preservation and development of protective forest plantations on agricultural lands” in the second reading. After the collapse of the USSR, a Presidential Decree was signed in Russia on the division of agricultural land. After that, forest belts were not legally included either in the group of afforestation or in the category of agricultural land. The state was the owner of the green spaces, but how it was possible to work with it was not clear. Because of this, municipalities could not manage forest resources, and they fell into desolation.

By adopting a new regional law, parliamentarians expect to increase funding for the conservation and development of agricultural forest belts. “Green barriers” not only protect the soil from erosion and increase its fertility, but also can prevent dust storms that have caused significant damage to agriculture in the Don.

The procedure for the election of justices of the peace has also become significantly simplified. Amendments to the relevant regional law provide for the first election of a judge for a three-year term of office. Upon its expiration, an appointment for an indefinite period follows, which eliminates the need for a re-election procedure. The changes will come into force in July 2021.

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