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142,893,540 (2006 estimate)
17,075,200 sq km
Moscow 10,101,500 (2002)
Population growth rate
-0.37 percent (2006 estimate)
GDP per capita (U.S.$)
$4,040 (2004)
GDP by economic sector
Agriculture, forestry, fishing 5 percent (2004)
Industry 35.2 percent (2004) Services 59.8 percent (2004)
Natural resources
Wide natural resource base including major deposits of oil,
natural gas, coal, and many strategic minerals, timber

Civil society, Climate, SPARE and Decommission in Russia.

Strengthening environmental NGOs, Climate 2012 and Decommission of old nuclear reactors in Russia.

Friends of the Baltic - olga-senova@yandex.ru
GAIA - yura.ivanov@kec.org.ru
Zelenyj Mir/ Green World - bodrov@greenworld.org.ru
Za Prirodu - andreyt@skypost.ru
All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation in Karelia - zellist@sampo.ru
Association of Greens Karelia - greens@karelia.ru
Ariston - ariston@onego.ru
Russian Socio-Ecological Union- www.rusecounion.ru

Environmental NGOs and sustainability concerns are marginalized in energy sector and climate policy development. Most environmental NGOs lack competence and capacity to match the influence of the energy sector, and it is generally not accepted that groups of non-experts should have the right to voice their opinion on conflict questions. 

Norges Naturvernforbund has worked with environmental NGOs in Northwest Russia since late 80’s. Step by step the capacity building has been disseminated throughout the Russian Federation.

  • The main umbrella for regional environmental NGOs is Russian Socio-Ecological Union (RSEU). RSEU has coordinated the climate activities since 2008.
  • SPARE was introduced in Russia in 1996. One of the member organizations in RSEU, Friends of the Baltic has coordinated SPARE since 2000 and RSEU climate activities since 2008.
  • DecomAtom is a cooperation between several environmental NGOs. The long-term aim is that an official Russian plan for decommissioning of the old nuclear reactors is made.

Read fact sheet on Russian climate policy (PDF)

Artikkelen ble sist oppdatert: 19.01.2010


Miljøorganisasjoner advarer USA:

Nedrustningsavtale øker faren for atomforurensning i Russland

01.08.2012 | Sist oppdatert: 01.08.2012

Russland vil gjøre om atomvåpen til nytt brensel for landets atomkraftverk. Dette er en prosess som skaper mye radioaktivt avfall. Avfallsbehandlingsanleggene i Ural er allerede overbelastet og befolkningen er utsatt radioaktiv stråling og risiko for større ulykker.


Russian radioactive waste to be buried at the shore of the Baltic Sea

14.02.2012 | Sist oppdatert: 14.02.2012

Low-and medium-level radioactive waste from North-West Russia the Russian nuclear power plant in Sosnovy Bor on the south coast of the Gulf of Finland has so far been stored temporarily. The high-active and most dangerous waste will be transported by train to Siberia.

Nuclear transport

Brukt atombrensel skaper strid i Russland

31.01.2012 | Sist oppdatert: 15.06.2012

Brukt atombrensel skal fraktes fra Finskebukta til Sibir. Der skal det lagres i et midlertidig lager ved elva Jenisei. En ulykke kan føre radioaktiv forurensing fra Sibir via Jenisei til Polhavet og med havstrømmen vestover til Kola og Barentshavet. Radioaktiv fisk og sjømat kan bli resultatet. Russiske miljøvernere fordømmer flyttingen.


Is the number of nuclear power plants growing?

28.11.2011 | Sist oppdatert: 28.11.2011

The nuclear renaissance has been a popular theme for articles during the last few years. The articles have focused on the supposed new growth of new nuclear plants. The term “renaissance” by the way means a “new birth” or a “re-birth”. -This is not true, says nuclear specialist Peter A. Bradford. -There is no renaissance for nuclear power.

Kola atomkraft
Naturvernforbundet and Russian partners worried:

Official Russian report reveals safety problems at nuclear power plants

20.06.2011 | Sist oppdatert: 20.06.2011

A report from Rosatom reveals safety problems at Russian nuclear power plants. Russian and Norwegian environmentalists are disturbed over the report’s conclusions. - This looks even worse than we anticipated, but at least presenting these safety flaws is an important step, says Yuri Ivanov in Kola Environmental Center.


Support Russian forest activists

The “Save Khimki Forest Movement” illustrates the dangers NGOs face in Russia. Naturvernforbundet/ Friends of the Earth Norway pledges support for the activists, and encourages Norwegians to sign their petition.


A new round of climate negotiations takes place in Bonn

06.06.2010 | Sist oppdatert: 10.06.2010

A new regular session of climate negotiations began in Bonn, Germany, on Monday. Representatives of 182 countries - members of the UN participate in the session, which is to last until Friday, June 11. Currently, the world's emissions of greenhouse gases are regulated by the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in late 2012.


SPARE participate in a new Public Chamber working group in Russia

04.12.2009 | Sist oppdatert: 10.06.2010

Public Chamber of Russia has formed a working group on environmental education and public awareness. The working group has high level participation and aim at more and better environmental education in Russia. SPARE has been recognized as one of the most important stakeholders and invited to participate.


Russia strengthens climate targets

19.11.2009 | Sist oppdatert: 05.11.2010

Today, Russia has announced it will increase their climate goals for 2020. The current goals are at 10-15 percent below 1990-levels, but at today’s EU summit Russia announced new targets of 25 percent below 1990-levels.


Alarming situation with the energy efficiency in Russia

07.10.2009 | Sist oppdatert: 07.10.2009

The President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev admitted that the situation with the energy efficiency really is alarming. The energy intensiveness of Russia’s GDP is way above that of developed countries. Energy losses in the country’s heating system come to more than 50 percent.


Memorial Day in Muslyumovo

06.10.2009 | Sist oppdatert: 08.10.2009

29th of September 1957 a tank with radioactive waste at the Mayak plant in Russia exploded. On the day 52 years after the accident representatives of the Decomatom-project participated in a memorial in the village of Muslyumovo.


Russian NGOs comment and criticize strategic tasks for Russia set in the President’s article on September 10

29.09.2009 | Sist oppdatert: 05.11.2010

On September 10, the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev published an article about national strategic tasks. In it, among five strategic vectors of economic modernization, he named securing the leading role of Russia in efficiency of energy production, transportation and consumption, development and putting to the international market new types of fuel, and development of nuclear technologies. Russian NGOs are sure that Russia must abandon nuclear energy and set a goal to reduce risks of negative impact of technogenic climate change as a priority. Now Russian policy shows no practical steps towards efficient low-carbon energy sector.

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