THE ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFICIENCY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES IN MOSCOWKonstantin Zakharov
Environmental issues in the Russian Federation have attracted the attention of researchers, although they rarely become the subject of quantitative analysis. Unfortunately, environmental protection in Russian towns (that has a history of its own and deserves attention) is dropping off the radar. Moscow can be a convenient object for quantitative analysis, where full-fledged natural communities and biological diversity have still been preserved in the conditions of the last 25 years of the construction boom. The purpose of my work is to understand what contributes to this. 89 implemented/not implemented projects of economic activity in Moscow were selected for the object of this research. If this environmentally harmful activity is prevented, we can speak of the success in environmental work (that was considered as a dependent variable). The predictors were the vigorous activity of urban environmental agencies and the public, the legal status of the territory, the type of vegetation cover, the habitats of rare species of plants and animals, and the nature of the planned economic activity. The analysis was carried out using Generalized Linear Models. The results showed the importance of active environmental protection, while environmental statuses cannot prevent economic development. The capabilities of officials exceed the capabilities of the public. The likelihood ofthe civil society actively opposing the harmful activities is increased by two variables, the forest and the habitats of rare species, while we failed to establish factors that significantly affect the activities of officials.