Medvedev reminded how important it is to preserve the natural wealth of Russia

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Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev welcomed participants and guests of the national forum on protected areas, stressing the need of conservation of natural resources of Russia for future generations.

National forum on protected areas open Friday in Sochi. It is held by the Ministry of natural resources and ecology of the Russian Federation and timed to the 100th anniversary of the Russian system reserves. The forum will be one of the most important events of the Year of ecology in Russia.

«Nature has generously endowed our country with pristine lakes, relict forests and fertile land. We not only take pride in these treasures and to preserve them for future generations,» — said in greeting of the Prime Minister, the text of which is published on the government website.

Medvedev said that a large role in the preservation of the natural wealth belongs to nature reserves and national parks. Lately their number is growing, and the total area for a quarter century almost doubled. New opportunities and a priority project in the «wild nature of Russia: to preserve and see,» which passed this year.

The Prime Minister expressed confidence that this year’s forum will be held in businesslike and constructive atmosphere, and the participants will be able to answer a variety of important issues.