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2009 | 2010 | 2011

2009 Events:

September

First Meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Polar Bear Commission
September 23-25, 2009 – Russia hosts the first meeting of the U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Commission under the auspices of the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation on the Conservation and Management of the Alaska-Chukotka Polar Bear Population. http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/polarbear/pbmain.htm


2010 Events:

March

First Meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Polar Bear Commission’s Scientific Working Group
March 1-5, 2010 – The Polar Bear Commission’s Scientific Working Group meets for the first time in Anchorage, Alaska and identifies two alternative short-term management options for sustaining the Alaska-Chukotka polar bear population. http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/polarbear/pbmain.htm

Deputy Assistant Secretary Reifsnyder Leads USG Delegation to Russia
March 17-20, 2010 – Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) Reifsnyder leads a USG delegation to Russia to lay the groundwork for the first U.S.-Russia Environmental Working Group meeting. DAS Reifsnyder meets with representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Russian Federal Forestry Agency, the Institute of Water Problems, and NGOs.

June

First Meeting of the U.S.-Russia Environmental Working Group
June 11, 2010 – Under Secretary Maria Otero and Deputy Minister Igor Maydanov co-chair the first meeting of the Environmental Working Group in Washington, D.C. Participants discuss the possibility of cooperation in such areas as hazardous waste cleanup, black carbon emissions, ozone-safe inhalers, protected areas, education, wildlife and water resource use and protection.

U.S.-Russia Bilateral Polar Bear Commission Adopts Annual Harvest Limit
June 7-9, 2010 – The Polar Bear Commission meets in Anchorage, Alaska and adopts an annual harvest limit to be shared between Alaskan and Chukotkan Native communities. http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/polarbear/pbmain.htm

September

National Parks Service Launches Website highlighting the Beringia Shared Heritage Project
September 27, 2010 - The National Parks Service launches a website with photos, news and events, history and research information about the Beringia Shared Heritage project in Alaska. www.nps.gov/akso/beringia

Consultations on Metered Dose Inhalers (MDIs)
September 27-30, 2010 – Officials from the Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration consult with Russian counterparts and representatives from Russian pharmaceutical and chemical sectors on the issue of Russia’s transition from ozone-depleting CFC-based MDI’s to ozone-friendly HFA-based inhalers for pulmonary conditions.

October

Third International Symposium on the Invasion of Alien Species in the Holarctic
October 5-9, 2010 – U.S. Geological Survey co-sponsors and participates in the Third International Symposium on the Invasion of Alien Species in the Holarctic (Borok-3) in Borok-Myshkin, Yaroslavl, Russia.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Reifsnyder Leads USG Delegation to Russia
October 25-28, 2010 – Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) Reifsnyder leads a USG delegation to Russia to continue discussions under the U.S.-Russia Environmental Working Group. DAS Reifsnyder meets with representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federal Forestry Agency, Roshydromet and NGOs. Topics of discussion include the Beringia Shared Heritage Area, forests, wildlife and habitat, increased data exchanges, science and education, and the need for greater support of civil society efforts.

November

Consul General Addresses Conference in St. Petersburg on Black Carbon
November 8, 2010 – At the invitation of a local Russian environmental NGO, Bellona, Consul General Sheila Gwaltney gives opening remarks at a meeting of environmental agencies and groups discussing the impact of open burning on the Arctic.

U.S. Forest Service-World Wildlife Fund Seminar on Forest Governance
November 11-13, 2010 – The U.S. Forest Service, World Wildlife Fund-Russia, and the All-Russia Institute for Continuous Education in Russia hold a seminar in Pushkino, Russia for representatives of the private sector, federal and regional-level governments, and NGOs to share experiences with efforts to improve the governance of forests and explore the linkages between governance and illegalities in the forest sector. Topics of discussion include: decentralization, public involvement, information management and public access to information, and initiatives to improve legality in forest use.

Under Secretary Otero Leads U.S. Delegation to the International Tiger Summit
November 22-24, 2010 – Under Secretary Otero addresses attendees of the International Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg. In addition, she tours the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St. Petersburg, meets with more than twenty representatives of civil society groups, and gives an interview to local newspaper Nevskoye Vremya.

U.S.-Russia Technical Exchange: U.S. EPA Experience in the Management of Hazardous Waste
November 30-December 3, 2010 – The Environmental Protection Agency provides an overview for Government of Russia counterparts of the U.S. hazardous waste regulatory regime with a focus on Superfund and Brownfields, including Federal Facilities clean-up and community involvement programs. These activities take place in Washington, D.C., New York and New Jersey.

USAID Environmental Threats and Opportunities Assessment
December 1-30, 2010 – A team of specialists from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Forest Service, and environmental consulting firm ECODIT travels to Moscow, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok to conduct a month-long Environmental Threats and Opportunities Assessment.


2011 Events

February

U.S.-Russia Bilateral Polar Bear Commission Informal Meeting
February 2011 – The Polar Bear Commission will meet in Anchorage, Alaska to discuss implementation and enforcement of the annual harvest limit to be shared between Alaskan and Chukotkan Native communities.

U.S.-Russia Workshop and Study Tour: Protected Areas Management
February 5-14, 2011 – The National Park Service and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded a visit of Russian park and natural reserve managers, relevant policy makers, and others to the U.S. and a return visit of U.S. experts to Russia. Russian participants visited Washington, D.C. and Florida, including the Apalachicola National Forest, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, and Gulf Islands National Seashore. The workshop covered legal measures, environmental education, public outreach, wildlife management, balancing habitat conservation and public access as well as protected areas management.

NPS Sculpture Loan to Russian State Archives & Tsarskoye Selo Museum
February 21 – July 31, 2011 - The National Park Service’s (NPS) Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and Ford’s Theater National Historic Site are working with the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation regarding an international museum loan of some sculptural works of Augustus Saint-Gaudens to two facilities in Russia: the State Archives of the Russian Federation in Moscow and the Tsarskoye Selo in St. Petersburg. The two institutions have exhibitions planned, starting on February 21 and concluding on July 31, 2011.

March

U.S.-Russia Workshop on Illegal Logging and the Lacey Act
The Department of State and the Department of Justice will host a seminar in the Russian Far East on the 2008 Amendments to the Lacey Act and the problem of illegal logging.

USFS and Russian Forestry Agency Fire Management Training Workshop
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will contribute to a fire management training workshop for regional Forest Protection specialists and Forestry teachers in Pushkino, Russia. The training is being organized by Avialesookhrana. USFS instructors will share information on US fire management programs and organization.

April

USFS and Russian Forestry Agency Fire Management Training Workshop
April 2011 – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will contribute to a fire management training workshop for regional Forest Protection specialists and Forestry teachers in Pushkino, Russia. The training is being organized by Avialesookhrana. USFS instructors will share information on US fire management programs and organization.

U.S. Protected Areas Management Study Tour to Russia
April 9-20, 2011 – The National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plan to fund a visit of U.S. park and natural resource managers, relevant policy makers, and others to Russia as part of a reciprocation of a Russian delegation visit of Russian officials to the U.S. The group will split into three and visit different regions in Russia, conducting workshops on legal measures, environmental education, public outreach, wildlife management, balancing habitat conservation and public access as well as protected areas management.

NPS Shared Beringian Heritage Program Visit Moscow & Chukotka
April 9-20, 2011 – The National Park Service (NPS) plans to visit Moscow to continue discussions with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment staff regarding the proposed Beringian shared heritage area. NPS representatives intend to visit the newly-created Russian Beringia National Park in Chukotka.

USFS Participates in BPC meetings with U.S. State Department in Moscow
April 18-20, 2011 – Two US Forest Service International Programs representatives will be joining Deputy Assistant Secretary, Dan Reifsnyder and his delegation in Moscow, Russia April 18-20 to discuss activities with various Russian agencies under the Bilateral Presidential Commission's Environmental Working Group. The USFS team will accompany Mr. Reifsnyder to meetings with Russian government and non- government agencies as well as an event to mark the International Year of the Forests.

USFS Technical Assistance to WCS Far Eastern Activities
April 20-30, 2011 – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) plans to send a fire management specialist and a restoration ecologist to provide technical assistance and recommendations to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Far Eastern fire project aimed at preserving and restoring crucial habitat for the critically endangered Amur Tiger and Far Eastern Leopard.

USFS Technical Assistance to WCS Far Eastern Activities
April 21-30, 2011 – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) International Programs is sending to representatives as well as a fire management specialist and a restoration ecologist to provide technical assistance and recommendations to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Far Eastern fire project aimed at preserving and restoring crucial habitat for the critically endangered Amur Tiger and Far Eastern Leopard. The group will be traveling throughout Southwest Primorye to gain an understanding and make recommendations for the expansion of a pilot fire management project WCS has been implementing for the past two years in this region.

May-June

U.S.-Russia Workshop on Illegal Logging and the Lacey Act
May 2011 – The Department of State and the Department of Justice will host a seminar in the Russian Far East on the 2008 Amendments to the Lacey Act and the problem of illegal logging.
USFS Technical Assistance to Pacific Environment and the Gebler Ecological Society on Fire Management in the Altai Krai
May 25-June 4, 2011 – As part of the USDA Black Carbon and the Arctic Initiative, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is supporting an innovative pilot project to reduce emissions from agricultural burning and wildfire in the Altai Krai. USFS is working with Pacific Environment and the Gebler Ecological Society to implement a set of training and technical exchange activities including the establishment of local fire wardens and a mobile firefighting brigade. The trip in May and early June will include a fire specialist from USFS and representatives of the Agricultural Research Service and Foreign Agricultural Service to provide an opportunity to assess opportunities for effective fire management and open burning interventions.
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