Fostering Environmental Culture
Rostelecom is committed to promoting environmental culture and values and has been very active on this front. The Company provides information support for educational, awareness, and promotional initiatives for environmental protection, sustainable use of natural resources, nature reserve management, and protection of rare plant and animal species. Our employees regularly participate in environmental events held by federal or local authorities, non-profit organisations, and NGOs, as well as in public hearings and discussions of environmental initiatives and draft regulations affecting Rostelecom operations.
We particularly focus on forest fire prevention. Specifically, we install video surveillance systems for automatic forest monitoring and early detection of forest fires in forested areas in various regions of the country. The monitoring system is capable of automatically detecting a white smoke cloud billowing against a green forest background at the early stages of a fire incident and roughly locating the fire site and the forest fire brigades and equipment closest to the source of the fire.
Rostelecom’s video-based fire surveillance system in the Perm Territory
During the 2018 fire season, our optical sensor based automatic forest fire detection system helped prevent around 70 wildfires in the Perm Territory. The innovative system was designed jointly by Rostelecom and the Perm Forest Fire Centre as commissioned by the regional ministry of natural resources, forestry, and environment in 2016 and is part of the Smart Region project.
Lesnoy Dozor launched in Salekhard
In June 2018, another three stations of the innovative automatic, optical sensor based forest fire early warning and detection system developed by Rostelecom and its partners were launched in Salekhard, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area. The system was first tested in 2017 and proved to be a reliable fire prevention tool for the region. As at the end of 2018, the Arctic Region had six video surveillance stations to monitor fires, equipped with modern IP video cameras ensuring full coverage of hazard-prone areas in real time and full situational awareness.
Rostelecom deployed the Safe City in Siberia
Gorno-Altaisk is the first Siberian city that has integrated protection of people and infrastructures from natural, manmade and criminal hazards. As instructed by the Government of the Altai Republic and Gorno-Altaisk Administration, Rostelecom has launched the Safe City hardware/software solution in Gorno-Altaisk. The solution integrates Gorno-Altaisk emergency dispatch and response services and municipal utilities into a single information space. The Safe City system quickly processes citizen reports, analyses the monitoring systems, and ensures forecasting, warning and response monitoring for emergencies and incidents. The city now has a water level and weather monitoring station, a seismic station, 15 smart CCTV cameras, and two forest fire surveillance cameras.
In July 2018, Rostelecom joined Clean Ladoga, an environmental project run in northwest Russia. It is a large gathering of volunteers from across Russia coming together to clean up the islands and coasts of Lake Ladoga from household rubbish. In 2018, the volunteers chose the Ladoga skerries off the northwestern coast of Lake Ladoga — a popular place for tourists turned into a national park in 2017. For more efficiency, the volunteers did not only come for one-day cleanups, but also organised a four-week camp in Karelia. Rostelecom employees joined the team of volunteers. The Company also helped the project sponsors to transport tourist equipment, rubbish, and cleanup teams to the islands. During the camp’s four shifts, the volunteers gathered a total of over 35 tonnes of rubbish.
Rostelecom joined a voluntary cleanup to support the March for Parks event in the Kaliningrad Region
In April 2018, Rostelecom’s Kaliningrad Branch joined the March for Parks environmental event as the Company employees took part in a voluntary cleanup in the Curonian Spit National Park. The initiative seeks to support the specially protected natural areas in Russia and the CIS. This year, the Curonian Spit cleanup brought together over 2,000 volunteers from across the region, including employee volunteers from Rostelecom’s western-most branch. Our employees cleaned up the Lesnoye recreation camp and the neighbouring nature reserve areas from dry branches and leaves and household rubbish, gathering a total of about 50 large bags of rubbish. In Russia, the annual March for Parks event was first held in 1995, with the Kaliningrad Branch employee volunteers participating annually.
Rostelecom helped save Lake Baikal in the Irkutsk Region
Employees of Rostelecom’s Irkutsk Branch joined En+ Group’s major nationwide volunteering environmental marathon 360 Minutes held on the coasts of Lake Baikal on 7 and 8 September 2018. For the eighth time, the initiative to clean up the famous lake’s coasts from household rubbish brought together people who care from ten Russian cities and 30 companies. The environmental volunteers cleaned up illegal waste sites, set up eco-trails, planted trees, and gave awareness to local communities. This year, 16,500 people gathered over 16,000 bags of rubbish.