The message reads, in part:
“The All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation was founded in 1924 and is rightfully considered one of the world’s oldest public environmental organisations. Over the past years, its participants – people of different age groups, professions and hobbies – have made a truly unique contribution to the conservation of our natural wealth and the improvement of our country’s environmental situation.
Today, the Society rightfully enjoys weighty authority in Russia and abroad. Its noble mission unites a large number of thoughtful and caring people. The Society closely cooperates with government authorities as well as research and volunteer organisations. It conducts multifaceted expert and research activities, implements important educational and charitable projects, and tirelessly promotes environmental values, primarily among young people.
I am convinced that this congress will be held in a creative and constructive manner. It will sum up the results of the previous work and discuss prospects for the future, as well as outline ambitious plans for a meaningful update of the Society's activities based on today’s environmental agenda.”