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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.

Rafting down the Siberian Oka river, Buryatia Republic

Siberian Oka is one of two the most powerful rivers in the Eastern Sayans. It flows across virgin taiga forest and lava fields. Excellent fishing (taimen, grayling, lenok, burbot). Mountain area of Oka is called as ''Tibet in miniature''. Trekking tour can be additionally organized Route: Arrive in Irkutsk (5-hrs flight from Moscow) - visit to the Tunkinsky Hollow National Park - transfer to the village of Orlik - rafting down Oka river - transfer to Irkutsk.

Fishing on the Rivers Fatjanikha and Big Fatjanikha

The rivers Fatjanikha and Big Fatjanikha belong to the Fatyanikha Rivers basin and meet each other in a point situated as far as 70 km from the River Yenisei. The Fatyanikha Rivers basin is located on the right bank of Yenisei approximately in the middle between the mouths of the rivers Nizhnyaya (''Low'') and Podkamennaya Tunguska. Generally, the names Big Fatjanikha and ''Fatjanikha'' do not correctly characterize these rivers. It is clearly visible on a map that Fatyanikha is almost twice deeper and wider than its sister. Near the place of their merge there is a large rapid and then an impressive canyon with whimsical rocky ''poles'', which make the middle and upper reaches of the rivers impassable for motor boats coming from Yenisei. Thus, this canyon protects the rivers from exploitation by local fishermen. The relief of Fatjanikha and Big Fatjanikha Rivers represents the major characteristic features of all big and small rivers of this region. Their valleys can be divided into three geomorphologic sections: Upper course. Vast bogs and small hills form a watershed of the river. The meandering river goes in a boggy channel for several dozen kilometers. This part of the river is good for the perch and pike. In some sections closer to the middle course it is possible to catch all major local fish species in one spot: the Taimen (Hucho taymen), Lenok (Brachmistax lenok), Siberian whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus pidschian), Siberian Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) and pike. It is a specific feature of the Fatyankha River. Middle course. Gradually the speed of the rivers stream increases and we can observe rapids, stony shoals, hirsts and sandbanks. Here it is already possible to fish Siberian whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus pidschian) and Siberian Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) on the rapids. Numerous small tributaries step by step change the character of the river and it gets a normal taiga look. Rhythmical alternation of reaches, rapids and again reaches and rapids allows fishing Taimen (Hucho taymen) and Lenok (Brachmistax lenok). Taimens 8-10 kg are quite common, although the Taimen about 20 kg in weight is a rare trophy. Low course.This section of the river is not so interesting for fishing and is usually not included in our fishing trips (the groups take a helicopter back to Turukhansk from the middle course of the river).
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