The barbed wire will be dismantled on the border of Russia and Mongolia
On WWF-Russia initiative the barbed wire fences will be dismantled on the border of Russia and Mongolia in Altai Republic in July on a remote mountainous Ukok Plateau. The rangers will remove 14 kilometers of old non-used barbed wire fences and rotten wooden poles to save animals from dying of tangling in the barbed wire while migrating. Dismantling of barbed wire was approved by the Border Service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, the rangers of the Directorate of Protected Areas will be working for several weeks to remove the wire and old poles on a remote area of high biodiversity. The project was supported by WWF and World Around You Foundation of Siberian Wellness, a Russian corporate donor.
The Ukok Plateau is a unique ecosystem, UNESCO Nature Heritage Object. The Zona Pokoya Ukok Nature Park is established in the area to conserve snow leopard and Altai mountain sheep.
Removing barbed wire fences in 2020 on the Ukok Plateau.
The Ukok Plateau is a remote, hardly inaccessible territory. It’s possible to get here and effectively dismantle the barbed wire only in summer, it can get snowy even in August and the roads will become inaccessible. Inspectors of the Directorate for Protected Areas will dismantle the old engineering and technical structures in July and August in two expeditions.