Krasnodar, 21 July. Green parklands have reportedly appeared around four Kuban cities: Abinsk, Krymsk, Kurganinsk, and Korenovsk.
“To date, there are eleven such natural territories in the [Krasnodar] region of the total area of 2,600 hectares. Their number has to be substantially increased, continuing to form new ‘green shields’,” Governor Veniamin Kondratiev said.
Earlier, urban woodlands were established in Novorossiysk, Tuapse, Krasnodar, Goriachy Kluch, Armavir, Psebai, and Mostovskoi. On the whole, the total area of green belts in the region increased by 1,600 hectares. In June, the issue of formation of a green zone in Korenovsk with the area of more than 23 hectares became the subject of public discussion – residents of the city approved the initiative.
To establish or expand such ‘green shields,’ the municipalities should submit to the regional Civic Chamber an application to hold public hearings. If approved, the initiative is to be considered by the regional Legislative Assembly. At present, documents with regard to Goriachy Kluch, Armavir, Novokubansk and Mostovskoi are being finalized. In Krasnodar, the Mayor’s Office is planning to apply for public hearings about inclusion of the Kuban Bankside Forest and Lake of Lotuses into the city’s green belt.