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Additional 360 million rubles will be allocated to the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) for firefighting


Additional 360 million rubles will be allocated to the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) for firefighting

The Government of Russia will allocate additional funding to fight forest fires in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has signed a decree on redistribution of funds allocated in 2021 to Federal Agency for Forestry (Rosleskhoz) to provide measures to extinguish forest fires and to monitor the current situation in the forests. The document was published on the official site of the Government of Russia.

As explained by Alexander Kozlov, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, 2.8 billion rubles have been allocated from the reserve fund in June to protect forests against fires. But three regions, they are Buryatia, Zabaykalsky and the Amur regions, had a favorable forest-fire situation, so they saved the money. It was decided to allocate these funds amounting to 359.6 million rubles to partially cover the costs of extinguishing forest fires in Yakutia.

On a recall, at the end of August the State Council Committee headed by the Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region Gleb Nikitin with the participation of governors and representatives of United Russia political party Anna Kuznetsova, Nikolay Valuev and Igor Kastukevich, has supported the methodology of financing forest protection measures. It has been prepared by the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia and is planned to be implemented since 2022.

"Additional 8.2 billion rubles may be used for hiring 1,406 paratroopers (today there are only 3,008 of them in the country), for providing extra 47 thousand flight hours, 927 thousand of ground patrolling. An increase of extinguishing will result in reduce of the large forest fires proportion of 2.4 times. Despite the fact that the current fire season has not ended yet, the regions should already start preparing for the next one: find and train employees, contract aircrafts", - shared Alexander Kozlov.

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