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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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Tours Guide

Ecotour to the barda-Balkarian Alpine Nature Reserve

The Kabarda-Balkarian Nature Reserve was established in 1976 to protect the highest and extremely picturesque mountain area of the Main Caucasian Ridge. The Reserve with its glaciers and rocks, alpine meadows and forests occupies the territory of 741 sq.km. Glaciers cover more than one third of the territory. The most scenic part of the Main Caucasian Ridge the 15 km long Besengi Wall is known among mountaineers as Russian Himalayas or the ''Presidium of the Central Caucasus''. It includes 9 peaks, 5 of them are higher than 5000 m. The second longest glacier in the Central Caucasus 15 km Ullu Chiran Besengi descends from the foot of the Besengi Wall. Flora of the Reserve counts around 1000 species of higher plants. 74 of them are endemic of the Caucasus, 6 species are endemic of the Republic. A lot of rare beautiful flowers could be found in subalpine zone, many of them are endangered and listed in the Russia Red Book. At the end of summer slopes are red from wild strawberries, bilberries, stone berries. Around 5200 Caucasian turs (endemic species of ibex) the biggest population in the Caucasus inhabit the Reserve. Chamois, roe deer, wild boars, brown bears, lynx, martens, foxes, hares all could be seen here. More than 150 bird species are found here, including endangered, like Bearded Vulture, Black Vulture, Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, which nest here. In the buffer zone of the Nature Reserve, you have a unique opportunity to watch the nesting behavior of these birds of prey from the wooden hides made for ornithological observations. Caucasian Snowcock, Caucasian Black Grouse and Great Rose Finch can be found only in the Caucasus. Wall Creeper, Rock Partridge, Dipper and other rare birds could be observed here as well.

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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