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EPA Collaboration with Russia
Comprising a significant part of Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, Russia is the world’s largest country. It holds the greatest reserves of mineral resources and is the most abundant in mineral fuels. It may hold as much as half of the world's remaining coal reserves and even larger reserves of petroleum and natural gas.
Russia also contains most of the world’s nonferrous metals and iron-ore deposits. Other raw materials are abundant as well. Forty-six percent of the land is covered with forests and woodland, and a significant area is used for agriculture, including pastures.
Russia holds one fourth of the world’s fresh surface and groundwater. Therefore it is not surprising that Russia’s rapidly growing industrial activities and environmental policies have significant global consequences.
EPA’s Main Activities in Russia Include:
- Partnership with the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Environment Working Group (EWG)
- Russian Arctic
- Research and Science
- Global Methane Initiative
Additional information about past activities in Russia is available in EPA's website archive.
In the past year, cooperation between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) reached new heights, opening opportunities to engage new partners -- the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Russian Ministry of Economic Development -- in exploring commercial opportunities to address environmental problems.
The U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission was established by President Obama and President Medvedev on July 6, 2009 to strengthen the relationship between the US and Russia. The Environment Working Group (EWG) of the Presidential Commission is co-chaired by the US Department of State and the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
EPA’s accomplishments under the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission are featured in the 2013 annual report of the Bilateral Presidential Commission.
Bilateral Presidential Commission official announcements:
- White House press release
- State Department Press Release
- Kremlin Press Release Exit
- Russian MFA Press Release Exit
Bilateral Cooperation on Management of Contaminated Sites
Bilateral Cooperation on Black Carbon Emission in the Russian Arctic
Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP)
The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) Exit provides former weapons scientists (FWS) from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) with new opportunities for sustainable, peaceful employment. ISTC coordinates the efforts of numerous governments, international organizations, and private sector industries.
Activities fall in two broad categories:
- Research projects, which employ scientists in the development of new science and technology (S&T), and
- Supplemental programs, which include workshops and other events to integrate FWS in the global S&T and industrial communities; training; and commercialization support initiatives.
The US EPA has been an ISTC Partner since 2001.
- Stimulating local economic growth
- Creating new sources of affordable alternative energy
- Improving local air and water quality, with associated public health benefits, and
- Increasing industrial worker safety.
- June 1994: Agreement of Cooperation in the Field of Protection of the Environment and Natural Resources
- May 1972: Cooperation in Environmental Protection