New Trade Fair for Forest Fire Fighting in Siberia
Jointly organised by Leipziger Messe International / Russia invests billions in protecting its forests against fire
The first Russian trade fair dedicated to fighting forest fires will be held from 11th to 13th November 2013 in Novosibirsk. Forest Fire Fighting and Protection Siberia will be organised by Leipziger Messe International GmbH (LMI) and Siberia Expo Ltd. The exhibition is supported by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and the Federal Forestry Agency of Siberia.
The devastating forest fires of 2010 led to an increasing awareness of forest fires by Russian policy makers and a significant upsurge in budgets. Amongst new measures taken by Russia is the construction of 400 new fire stations, predominantly in areas endangered by forest fires. Running in parallel with the federal target programme “Fire Safety 2008 to 2012“ costing EUR 5.4 billion, regional governments and major cities have developed their own ambitious investment programmes, with Moscow, for instance, allocating EUR 230 million to its own fire prevention programme in 2011..
Novosibirsk is Russia’s third largest city; it lies in the middle of Siberia where 44% of Russia’s forests are located. The Novosibirsk Emergency Situations Ministry alone is planning to invest approximately one billion Euros in fire extinguishing equipment and technology up to 2015. The money will be used, among other things, for the purchase of 18 helicopters, 10 fire-fighting planes and 3,000 fire-fighting vehicles as well as fire pumps and other equipment, 250 kilometres of fire hoses, 300,000 tonnes of extinguishing agents for the production of fire-fighting foam and 4,500 items of equipment for fire-fighters.
Matthias Rose, General Manager of LMI, highlighted the high profile of the issue and the trade fair’s potential, “Both private and government purchasers from the whole of Siberia and the regional administration will use the fair to gather information about the available technology and to prepare their purchase decisions.“ He also added that the fair would offer invitations to tender.
Matthias Rose went on to say that the international conference taking place at the same time with the cooperation of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) was attracting attention beyond the boundaries of Russia. For example, conference participants intend to develop recommendations for submission to ”UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Cooperation in Fire Management“ which will be held a few weeks later in Geneva.
The LMI is working closely with the Novosibirsk Expo Center which operates a modern new exhibition centre. Opened as recently as 2011, it extends over 14,500 m² of exhibition halls and 12,500 m² of open air exhibition space.
Major events and exhibitions are held in Novosibirsk to attract foreign investment capital to Siberia. These events focus on the key industries of armaments, aerospace, mechanical engineering, agricultural machinery and equipment, the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, light industry and the foodstuffs industry.
Contact: LMI, phone +49 (0) 341 678 7917, email u.briese@LM-international.com
About Leipziger Messe International GmbH (LMI)
LMI has been a subsidiary of the Leipziger Messe (Leipzig Fair) since 1992. It operates primarily in two areas – as well as being the organiser and partner of trade fairs held outside Germany it also organises joint participation programmes for German industry at overseas fairs. Its core activity is the provision of assistance and support for companies at exhibitions outside Germany. This takes the concrete form of a comprehensive service stretching from immigration formalities to stand construction and staff management and onwards to hospitality. As a member of the Leipziger Messe Group, LMI is an integrated event service-provider offering the full range of services from a single source.
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