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Russia approves national action plan to adapt to climate change

According to a report from the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree approving a national action plan for the first stage of adaptation to climate change, for the period up to 2022.

This national plan defines economic and social measures that will be implemented by federal and regional executive bodies to reduce the vulnerability of the Russian population, the economy and natural objects to the effects of climate change, as well as the seizing of the opportunities arising from such changes.

The government says this approved national plan is the first stage of measures to adapt the economy and the population to climate change and includes institutional, organizational and methodological measures aimed at the formation of state approaches to adaptation to climate change.

The federal executive bodies responsible for implementation of the national plan activities have been instructed to approve sectoral adaptation plans for climate change, and the highest executive state authorities of the constituent entities of the Federation responsible for implementing the national plan activities have been advised to organize adaptation to climate change and approve relevant regional plans .

CBS News reported: “The plan puts forth some broad measures to tackle the effects of climate change, including constructing dams, using drought-resistant crops and temporarily resettling people in the line of danger.”

The news source also says the document acknowledges Russia is warming two and a half times faster than the rest of the globe, and CBS News says Russia is the world’s fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases (although a source for this information was not provided).