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RUSSIA’S ENVIRONMENT AND AVIATION EMISSIONS

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Major international airlines are currently part of a system that obliges them to make payments to Aeroflot for the
right to fly over the territory of Siberia. Discussion about reforming this system has continued for several years and
the Russian Government signed an Agreement on Principles of Modernisation for Trans-Siberian Routes in
Helsinki in November 2006, committing it to reform this system of airline payments by 2013. In March 2007 the EU
Council of Ministers ratified this Agreement.

It is clear that any moderrnisation should ensure that both the collection and use of these payments should be
transparent not only to international organisations and institutions but also to the general public in Russia.
Furthermore, as the existing system permits one airline to collect all payments without specifying how they are
then used, it is essential that the reform of the system clarifies the ultimate use of the sums received.
The Environmental Innovations Center calls for these payments to be used for ecological programmes, in
particular the renewal and preservation of Russian forests, which play a vital role in maintaining our planet’s
environmental balance.

We suggest the creation of a specialised environmental fund with transparent accounting that would finance
constant development of forestry and agriculture. The financial means should be invested in forest development,
preservation and fire protection, as well as in the creation of forest belt areas. Planting of forests will help to
establish a secure shield that will provide for the environmental safety of our planet. Forest belts will prevent soil
erosion and contribute to raising crop yields, as well as to ensuring security of food supply.

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