Eco Park, Siberia, Russia
Novokusnetsk is a large industrial city in Kemerovo Oblast in southwestern Siberia. With a current population of about 600,000, the city was founded in 1618 as a Cossack fort.
The Soviets’ large-scale industrialization programme transformed Novokuznetsk into a centre for the coal mining, steel and aluminium industries.
Thanks to this concentration of large industrial complexes, Novokusnetsk is one of Russia’s most polluted cities.
This initiative for an Ecological Park was to be a wake-up call for a better environment.