Samara Commissioner monitors the implementation of environmental rights

10 August 2017

In August 2017, the staff of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Samara Region conduct inspections of the municipal and city districts of the Samara Region in order to identify unauthorized landfills and inspect water bodies in recreational areas.

According to the Ministry of Forestry and Environmental Protection of the Samara Region, in 2013, there were 847 places of unauthorized disposal of household waste with a total area of 438.79 hectares in the Samara Region. As a result of the raids and environmental actions, by January 2017, the number of landfills was reduced to 391 with a total area of 389.60 hectares.

As of August 9, 2017, employees of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Samara Region visited 20 municipal districts and 5 city districts. There were examined 65 areas of unauthorized landfills and 35 reservoirs spotted by the Ministry of Forestry and Environmental Protection of the Samara Region. Landfills and waste residues were found in 39 places. Garbage was also detected near four lakes. Work is still in progress.

In some municipalities, it was possible to achieve the elimination of unauthorized landfills and disaccustom people to litter. This was facilitated by regular explanatory work at gatherings of citizens and in the media, involving residents in liquidating the landfills they themselves made, drafting protocols to deal with violators and bringing citizens to justice in the form of fines. Heads of settlements regularly conduct road inspections in order to prevent the repeated formation of landfills.

Based on the results of monitoring the implementation of environmental rights of citizens, the Commissioners for Human Rights in the Samara Region together with the Public and Expert Councils will develop recommendations for improving the realization of citizens’ rights to a favorable environment.

Adapted from the Press Service of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Samara Region

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