A round table at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2021) : “Pollution of the aquatic environment by microplastics as an urgent problem of our time.”

The round table was moderated by Boris Krylov, Director of the Association for Environmental Partnerships (NP AsEP) and Olga Senova, Chairman of the Board of the Friends of the Baltic interregional environmental organization.
Reports and messages at the “round table” were presented by: Mikhail Strakhov The Committee for Natural Use, Environmental Protection and Ecological Safety, the Government of St. Petersburg, Pavel Mikhailov SUE “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg”, Shamil Pozdnyakov The Institute of Lake Science of the Russian Academy of Sciences , Alexandra Ershova The Russian State Hydrometeorological University and other specialists.

The main routes of microplastic entry into the water area of ​​the region (Lake Ladoga – the Gulf of Finland) were considered and its increasing accumulation in all environments was noted.

The discussions highlighted not only the relevance of continuing research, but also the importance of reducing the use of single-use plastics, as well as the correct disposal of reusable plastics. It was noted that new strategies and technologies for handling plastics are needed.

The development of rational approaches in this direction can be negotiated and facilitated by projects of CBC “South-East Finland – Russia 2014-2020” programme, as BBC1 and Cool4City.