Governor of the Tomsk region Sergey Zhvachkin called the swamp main ecological wealth of the region. The politician said this during a speech to the ambassadors of member States of the European Union the Russian office of the EU in Moscow, informs the Internet-newspaper Znak.com.
“we Have huge reserves of fresh water. If Finland is called “country of thousand lakes”, we have 113 thousand! — said the head of the region. — Our environmental wealth and the world’s largest Vasyuganskoye swamp. It stores vast reserves of fresh water, is home to many birds listed in the Red book. World experts proved the unique role of the Vasyugan swamp as the “lungs of the planet” and it made Tomsk the center of large scientific projects to study climate.”
Zhvachkin invited the representatives of the EU countries to cooperation and assured them that the residents close to the EU motto “Unity in diversity”.
“the people of our region represent more than 140 Nations. Tomichi is, first, the descendants of the indigenous peoples of Siberia. Secondly, it is the children and grandchildren of the brave settlers from the European part of Russia the beginning of XX century, came in search of free land and a better life,” — said the head of the region.