Target: Gasan Idrisov, Dagestan Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
Goal: Encourage Russia’s Republic of Dagestan to preserve the region’s water resources.
The Russian republic of Dagestan is geographically situated along the western shore of the Caspian Sea, which is threatened by pollution and climate change. Recent climate changes have caused the water level of the Caspian Sea to decline dramatically. We should encourage Dagestan’s leaders to support environmental policies to preserve this natural resource in their upcoming conference.
The Russian republic of Dagestan will host a scientific conference about the ecological problems of water resources on May 17th and 18th. According to the Dagestan Republican Information Agency, “The event is initiated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment RD, Dagestan Scientific Center RAS, Dagestan republic department (DRD) of the Russian Geographical Society.”
As the earth’s largest closed body of water with no ocean connection, the Caspian Sea is especially vulnerable to climate changes and man-made changes. The construction of dams and industrial facilities along the rivers that feed into the Caspian Sea has caused significant changes in water quality. Reservoir construction and irrigation practices have contributed to unsustainable water consumption. Underwater oil and gas pipelines have increased environmental threats. Regional droughts and higher temperatures have also contributed to declining water levels.
Fortunately, these issues are on Dagestan’s radar. The upcoming conference will primarily focus on the hydrological and environmental impact of the Caspian Sea’s water level. Russian leaders will also discuss the rehabilitation of water pools and stream flows, protection from floods and mudslides, and recreational-management issues of the trans-boundary water resources.
Sign the below petition to encourage the Russian leaders of Dagestan to support and implement policies that benefit the environment in the region and help restore vitality to the Caspian Sea.
Dear Minister Idrisov,
I am pleased to see that Dagestan takes the environmental concerns of the region seriously and is scheduled to discuss these important issues in the upcoming conference. The Caspian Sea is a vital natural resource to the people of Dagestan and the plants and animals that depend on it for survival. Policy change is needed to halt the environmental damage caused by climate change and man-made destruction.
I am urging you to positively influence your peers at the upcoming environmental conference by supporting programs to preserve the Caspian Sea and surrounding areas.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Jeff Schmaltz via NASA/GSFC