About the Volga Region

The project focus is on the Volga river basin which comprises 40% of the population of Russia, 45% of the country’s industry and 50% of its agriculture. Some key facts and figures:

  • Eighty percent of Caspian Sea river discharge is from the Volga (UNEP);

  • Two point five billion m3 raw sewage and seven billion m3 treated sewage is discharged into the Volga river annually (Russian Ministry of Environment, 1996);

  • The Volga river has the best conserved delta wetlands, but is threatened by dams, reservoirs and hydropower stations (UNESCO);

  • The population of the Volga river basin is fifty-seven million; 80% is urbanised; and

  • The Volga river accounts for half of Russia’s river freight transport.

See pictures of the Volga river

Volga river in Wikipedia, the on-line encyclopedia

Russian Rivers Network (RU only)