The message reads, in part:
“This holiday unites people of various professions and ages: the staff and personnel of nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, national and regional parks, environmental scientists, members of volunteer organisations, nature protection agency specialists, all those who contribute to a great and extremely important cause – the preservation of our unique nature. They are well aware that human impact on the environment must be reasonable and caring.
Let me stress that issues of rational natural resource management and ensuring environmental safety are among the key national priorities. The preservation of the ecosystem biodiversity and the health and quality of life of millions of people largely depend on their successful resolution.
Today, we are facing major challenges that reflect our times, which target the formation of an effective system of countering wildfires and floods, broad introduction of advanced resource-saving technologies in industry, and creating an environmental culture in society. I am pleased to note that certain results have already been attained: the number of environmental projects is growing with each year while the circle of their participants is expanding, more territories are granted the status of specially protected areas. We are determined to continue contributing to resolving issues connected with improving the environment and preventing global climate change.”