Online conference dedicated to the environmental problems of the Gulf of Finland in the Bellona Environmental Law Center
The growing anthropogenic pressures, dredging of the seabed and the construction of industrial facilities have already noticeably affected the ecosystem of the Gulf of Finland.
On March 25 was held an online conference dedicated to the environmental problems of the Gulf of Finland in the Bellona Environmental Law Center. It was attended by civic activists, urbanists, scientists and environmentalists. Participants spoke about the most resonant projects of recent years, which caused a surge of public discontent:
Construction of a sea hub with a 70 million tons cargo turnover near Primorsk in the Vyborg district of the Leningrad region.
- - Plans for the creation of a Production and Logistics Complex in the Battery Bay;
- - Construction of a sea hub with a 70 million tons cargo turnover near Primorsk in the Vyborg district of the Leningrad region
- - Expansion of the St. Petersburg oil terminal (Big Port St. Petersburg);
- - Construction of a highway in the water area of the Gulf of Finland, depriving residents of the Pearl Beach (Krasnoselsky District of St. Petersburg);
- - Alluvial projects of the Gulf of Finland: alluvial “Novy Bereg” of 370 hectares near Fox Nose;
- - Improvement of the coastal zone without a comprehensive coastal protection plan (wich is being washed away after each storm in Fox Nose).
Today we are faced with a choice:
- - Use the coast for the implementation of large investment projects, allowing the destruction of the natural environment.
- - To develop the Gulf of Finland coast as a recreation area, preserving the natural environment as much as possible and minimizing man-made interference.
- - Find an alternative based on an ecosystem approach.