United Nations Development Programme

Russian Federation


15.07.2008 UNDP supports youth mobile ecological camp to promote biodiversity conservation in Altai-Sayan Ecoregion

Conservation of rare and endangered species and strengthening and expanding protected areas are the primary activities for the UNDP/GEF Project Biodiversity Conservation in the Russian Portion of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion. At the same time the Project team works towards increased biodiversity awareness among local population, including schoolchildren, who get quite enthusiastic about nature protection, giving hope for the living future of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion.

An interregional youth project Rally of the Friends of Protected Areas 2008 was launched on 7 July, 2008 in Gorno-Altaisk. It is co-funded by the UNDP/GEF Project and Education and Youth Agency of Altai Republic and organized by the NGO Ecological Club of Altai State University.

Its participants - schoolchildren - will travel on a special bus over 3000 km in Altai Republic, Kemerovo and Altai regions with an appeal to support protected areas. In Altai Republic they will visit Altaiskiy Nature Reserve, Uch-Enmek, Tchui-Ozy, and Argut Nature Parks, and Gorno-Altaiskiy Botanic Garden. In Kemerovo Region the rally will be hosted by Shorskiy National Park and Kuznetskiy Alatau Nature Reserve. Last year a similar project - Rally of the Friends of Protected Areas 2007 proved to be a success. Its participants traveled over 1500 km of Altai Republic and Altai Region and visited Altaiskiy and Tigirekskiy Nature Reserves.

This year the project follows a more diverse route. It gives hope that the schoolchildren will have interesting and educational summer holidays, taking part in nature protection events - planting seedlings, making forage for the wild ungulates, arranging and improving eco-trails. Trainers from Moscow, Altai Republic, Tomsk and Altai Regions will teach the kids on skills of ecological monitoring, journalism, and team work. The children will learn a lot during the trip of the eco-camp on wheels!

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