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Environmental Education Department of the Altaiskiy Reserve

The mission of the Environmental Education Department of the Altaiskiy Reserve is to raise public awareness of environmental and ecological safety issues and highlight the role of the Reserve in solving them. Local population-  and visitor-oriented work undertaken by the Department helps fulfill the mission. The first visitor center of the Altaiskiy Reserve opened in 2007.  

The Environmental Education Department suggested the establishment of Public Boards – a new form of cooperation that proved crucial and very effective.  The Altaiskiy Reserve signed cooperation agreements with communities of indigenous minorities – Tubalars, Telengits, Kumandins, and with t
he Church of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God parish in Turochak settlement.     

The Altaiskiy Reserve Friends club and the Bear Footprint movement that unites all supporters of the Altaiskiy Reserve sharing a common goal to protect wildlife of Gorny Altai help implement the Department’s environmental protection policy. The Department is also responsible for providing regular media and web coverage of the activity of the Altaiskiy Reserve and creating radio and video pieces.  In 2007 republican and district newspapers featured 44 press releases, and in the first quarter of 2008 – 40 news and 12 video pieces. The Environmental Education Department is headed by Svetlana Nikolaevna Shchigreva, Deputy Director for Environmental Education. The Department employs 8 staff members.

Like other departments of the Reserve, Environmental Education Department actively cooperates with various NGOs and takes part in environmental projects in the territory of the Reserve, including UNDP/GEF (United Nations Development Programme/Global Environmental Fund) and WWF projects. High levels of population involvement in competitions and environmental events organized by the Reserve demonstrate and prove local population’s interest in the life of the Altaiskiy Reserve. Thus, over 150 works took part in the “Save pristine nature!” competition held in 2007 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Altaiskiy Reserve.


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