The Politics of Environmental Policy in Russia

The Politics of Environmental Policy in Russia

David Feldman and Ivan Blokov

The authors, renowned experts in the field, explore efforts to develop a mature civil society in Russia, and analyse the policy views of environmental groups, the media, and the scientific community. Three important case studies underpin the study: suspended plans to build an oil pipeline near Lake Baikal; management of Cold War-generated radioactive waste at Chelyabinsk; and public reaction to the introduction of genetically modified foods. The conclusion is that although civil society groups face obstacles in the form of apathy, state-imposed constraints on their activities, and agency reluctance to confer on decisions, there are some successes in reversing decisions due in part to NGO pressures yielding reform.

Appendix B: Questionnaire–Decision Making on Environmental and Natural Resource Issues

David Feldman and Ivan Blokov

Subjects: environment, environmental geography, environmental politics and policy, management natural resources, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy


Appendix B Questionnaire – Decision Making on Environmental and Natural Resource Issues Respondent # _ _ _ _ Dear colleagues, We are carrying out an expert opinion poll on the topic ‘Mechanisms of decision making on environmental and natural resource issues’. The goal of this research is to learn about the views of professionals in both environment and other areas. We will compare your answers with those of professionals in the United States in order to learn how your views and situation are similar or different. If you feel that another person in your organization would be better qualified to answer these questions, please ask that person to fill out the survey instead of you. We appreciate your time and effort in answering these questions. If you would like a copy of the survey results, please provide an e-mail address. Introduction The following series of questions is on environmental and nature resource issues, state decision making and public participation. If you would rather not answer a particular question for whatever reason, please skip and go on to the next question. Your answers will be strictly confidential, and your identity kept anonymous. Feel free to add comments, if you wish. 1. What are (according to your opinion) the most critical pieces (both positive and negative) of national legislation or other decisions of federal authorities on nature protection since 1991? ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ 163 M3013 - FELDMAN 9780857938503 PRINT.indd 163 29/10/2012 08:31 164 Appendix B 2. What are (according to your opinion) the most critical pieces (both positive and...

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