The Russian Geographical Society Council of the Regions finished its work in Kaliningrad. The event participants summarized the results for 2018, discussed a number of work issues and defined the main tasks for 2019.
The Russian Geographical Society Council of the Regions was established in 2014 to ensure regional development and coordinate local offices of the Society. The Council is made up of regional offices heads. The Chairman of the Council is First Vice-President of the Society Artur Chilingarov.
The event was opened on November 1 at Immanuel Kant Baltic State University. Leaders of regional branches and employees of the Executive Directorate attended the meeting. Among them there was Executive Secretary of the Council Svetlana Sotkina, RGS Executive Director Artem Manukian, Deputy Executive Director of the Society Alexey Tikhomirov and Regional Development Department Director of the Executive Directorate Sergei Korlykhanov. Andrey Klemeshev, the rector of Baltic Federal University, spoke at the meeting.
“This event is doubly significant for us, because this year the Kaliningrad branch of the Society celebrates its 55th anniversary. We hope that both Baltic State University and the Kaliningrad branch of the Society will be active and will contribute to the overall activities of the Russian Geographical Society", said Andrey Klemeshev.
During the meeting, the participants discussed the results for 2018, the prospects for the regional development, grants and other work issues, such as criteria to determine the effectiveness of regional offices, their financial support and joint projects. The Bureau of the Council and three working committees were elected at the meeting. They will be authorized to make the regional development strategy and to coordinate regional activities of the Society.
A cultural program was prepared for the participants. They visited the exposition of the World Ocean Museum, got acquainted with the world's largest research vessel "Vityaz", "B-413" submarine, "Cosmonaut Victor Patsaev" space communication vessel and "SRT-129" fishing vessel.
The meeting of the Council of the regions ended on November 2 at the Kaliningrad World Ocean Museum where Artur Chilingarov awarded chairmen of the Kostroma and Vologda regional offices Roman Riabintsev and Nadezhda Maksutova and chairman of the Krasnodar regional office Ivan Chaika.
“Meetings of the Russian Geographical Society Council of the Regions are of great importance for the work of the Society. They help exchange experience, strengthen inter-regional cooperation and discuss the most important issues", noted Chairman of the Krasnodar regional branch Ivan Chaika.