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Ever after its foundation in 2001 our Association has been connecting organizations and individuals involved in ecological and tourism field throughout the country. It is dedicated to the national natural, historic and cultural heritage preservation, while developing true senses and wise principles for ecotourism community engagement. The Assosiation is a support base for our members initiatives through the local government, arranging of an economic aid and also as a represetative to any international activities. As a member of The International Ecological Society (TIES) we are proud to be the link to the world of sustainable and responsible tourism development for Russia.

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08.06.09
Already 1,253 people have put themselves on TIES Ecotourism Explorer Map. By doing so, they are showing that as people and organizations dedicated to responsible travel, they are changing the face of travel & tourism worldwide
23.11.08
The anniversary gathering of children ecological camps of Moscow took place on the 23rd of November
08.10.08
Climate change to devastate or destroy penguin colonies

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Ecotouristm Development in Russia,

Within the next ten years, Russia may have a chance to become one of the worlds most attractive nations for tourism focused on nature and environmental education. Yet less than a decade ago, during ecotourisms first stages of development in Russia, almost no one supported the idea. As recently as 1995 and 1996, many environmental organizations were either uninterested in ecotourism or actively opposed its development in zapovedniks. To the private sector, ecotourism seemed too complex and troublesome, and did not promise exceptional profits. Zapovednik directors, with few exceptions, could not understand why ecotourism was needed at all.

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Ecotour to Nature Reserves Around Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal is a natural wonder of our planet. It is the deepest (1,700 m in depth) lake on the Earth. It is also one of the oldest (25 million years) and largest lakes of the planet. It contains 20% of the worlds freshwater - as much as North Americas five Great Lakes all together. A specific feature of Lake Baikal is the remarkable clarity of its water, which is transparent for depths as great as 40 meters. Two thirds of the unique flora and fauna of this ''Gem of Siberia'' are endemic species and cannot be found anywhere else in the world, such as the Baikal Seal, local varieties of Artic cisco and gobies. The virgin Baikal forests are famous for their abundance of the very valuable sable, as well as high densities of the brown bear, Siberian stag, roe deer, musk deer, reindeer, capercaillie, and black grouse. In 1996, UNESCO declared Lake Baikal a World Heritage Site. Baikal is a legendary place famous for its breathtaking views, ancient traditions and sacred rituals of Buddhism and shamanism. This tour will offer the unique opportunity to visit the network of protected areas around Lake Baikal, to experience the most beautiful areas of primordial nature, as well as to learn about local culture and traditions.

Ecological Tour on the Lena River

The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) occupies most of the northeastern part of the Asian subcontinent. It constitutes one fifth of Russias total territory and almost two thirds of the territory of Western Europe. More than 40% of the republics land is located above the Arctic Circle. Yakutia is located entirely within the permafrost zone. The mighty mountainous rock masses, which have been frozen for a millennium are known in the West as the ''Siberian Sphinx''. For a long time, European scientists were unable to believe that even at depths of 100 meters, the ground in Yakutia was frozen solid. In the Tiksi District, the thickness of frozen earth reaches depths of 500 meters. In the Arctic and in most of Siberia, by the end of summer, the uppermost layer of soil- ranging in depths from 30 centimeters to 2 meters- thaws, while deeper, at depths of 100 meters, the frozen mountainous rock masses extend, unthawed for centuries. This is the permafrost, or cryolithic zone, which appeared almost 2 million years ago. The world learned of its existence only in the 17th century. The vast majority- seventy-two percent- of Yakutias territory is blanketed by taiga, while the rest is covered by forest-tundra, tundra, and arctic half-desert. Notable and unique features include mineral deposits of charoite, which is a semi-precious stone unique to Yakutia; fossilized mammoth remains; and curative mineral springs. Yakutia is also the only natural breeding habitat for the rarest Siberian crane and rose gull. Yakutias largest river is the Lena. It is among the ten longest rivers in the world. Where the Lena feeds into the Laptev Sea, its delta occupies a total territory of 30,000 km?, which makes it the largest in Russia and the second largest in the world after the Mississippi. It is renowned for its amazingly beautiful and austere northern nature; the diversity of it landscapes- inaccessible mountains, powerful rivers, dense forest, endless tundra; and its unique assemblage of plant and animal species. Ust-Lensky Zapovednik- the largest strict nature reserve in Russia and one of the largest in the world- is located here; it was created to preserve the irreplaceable natural features of the Far North for future generations. Here, on tundra lakes, in the many tributaries of the Lena, and along the sea shore, almost 110 bird species- mostly water and shore birds, nest. Among them are rare and endangered species including: Bewick's swan (ygnus bewickii), red-throated loon (Gavia stellata Pontoppidan), whooper swan (Cygnus ygnus), Baikal teal (Anas formosa), Rosss gull (Rhodostethia rosea), white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus), and others. An even rarer visitor is the Siberian white crane (Grus leucogeranus). Ust-Lensky Zapovednik protects the polar bear (Ursus Maritimus), Laptev walrus (Odobenus rosmarus laptevi), Koryak snow sheep (Ovis nivicola koriakorum), reindeer (Rangifer tarandus pearsoni), Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus), and lemming (Lemmus sibiricus). Inhabiting the forest-tundra which dominates the southern parts of the zapovednik are the brown bear (Ursus arctos), wolverine (Gulo gulo), lynx (Felis lynx), and moose (Alces alces). Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus), which were brought from Taimyrsky Zapovednik, are also successfully acclimatizing. In the Pliocene Era (1.5 million-10,000 B.C.), mammoths, wooly rhinoceros, musk ox, and bison inhabited a submarine plain which was then located here. It was here that the first known mammoth remains were found, and to this day, the bones of ancient animals are not an uncommon find.
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