22.05.2008 UNDP/GEF Project supports establishment of interagency antipoaching brigades in Altai-Sayan Ecoregion
Poaching is one of the key factors reducing numbers of the rare and endangered species in Altai-Sayan Ecoregion.
The problem is intensified by the lack of coordination and interaction among various agencies responsible for conservation. UNDP/GEF Project “Biodiversity Conservation in the Russian Portion of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion” works continuously with the regional authorities to help to overcome interagency barriers.
Supported by the UNDP/GEF Project, in March, 2007 the nature protection and law-enforcement agencies of Altai Republic signed an Agreement on the establishment of an interagency patrol brigade to combat poaching. A similar agreement was concluded in Tyva Republic in November, 2006. UNDP/GEF Project provided the groups with patrol vehicles, means of communication, other field equipment and financed their reids to the habitats of the Red Data Book species.
In 2007 in Altai and Tyva Republics there were 25 spot-checks made to the habitats of the rare and endangered species and within the protected areas, resulting in 133 reports on violation of the nature protection legislation. 71 fire-arms were confiscated. There were two cases of an illegal killing of snow leopards disclosed with their skins confiscated.
Local residents often become poachers, unaware, in most cases, of the nature protection legislation and liability for its violation. Therefore UNDP/GEF Project prepared and published in two languages (Russian and Altai and Tuvinian national languages) brochure “Responsibility for Poaching” in the Republics of Altai and Òyva. The book clarifies administrative and criminal responsibility for violation of the nature protection legislation and penalties for illegal hunting of animals listed in the Red Data Book of the Russian Federation. The brochure as well describes some local traditions and gives examples of sustainable nature management by the indigenous peoples of Altai and Òuva.
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