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Law enforcement and conservation organizations meet to enhance antipoaching measures

13 june 2019
With WWF support and on WWF initiative different organizations hold Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wildlife.

For the first time for many years WWF brought together numerous organizations of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion to discuss conservation and sustainable use of wildlife resources. The meeting became the platform to share experience and define the urgent measures to enhance antipoaching results and fight wildlife crime such as strengthening of interregional cooperation, public inspections of local people, census methodologies etc.

The expert from 5 subjects of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregions met in the city of Abakan on 10-11, June. The main goal of the meeting was to define the urgent measures to strengthen interregional and interdepartmental cooperation for the effective conservation of wildlife. The State Committee for Wildlife and Environment Protection of the Republic of Khakassia became the key partner of the meeting. VTB Bank supported the event in the frameworks of the project on big cats conservation in Russia. 

About fifty experts of different nature conservation, law enforcement and other organizations from the Republics of Altai, Tyva, Buryatia, Khakassia and Krasnoyarsk Region met in Abakan. The top officials came from Moscow: Nikolai Morgunov, the Director of State Game Control Federal organization and Pavel Malchikov, Director of the Department of State Policy in the field of Game of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of RF.

The main target of the meeting was to provide the different organizations with the platform to share the experience and discuss common problems in the sphere of both game and rare species conservation.

WWF, as the initiator of the Forum, refused the format of plenary talk for the sake of the free discussion and round tables talks. The participants became listeners or lecturers in turn.

On behalf of the Valentin Konovalov, the Head of the Republic of Khakassia the Forum’s participants were greeted by the Vice-Head of the Region Yury Kurlaev. He awarded the experts with diplomas and greeting letters. 

The forum's participants
(с) Yury Kurochka
Natalya Trofimova, the Director of WWF Altai-Sayan Programme says, “For the first time for many years the experts of five of eight regions of Altai-Sayan Ecoregion met to discuss enhanceing wildlife protection. On WWF initiative the meeting became the discussion platform and experience sharing event for different conservation organizations and we do hope it will became an annual event. WWF is grateful for professionalism, support and hospitality to the Government of the Republic of Khakassia, the State Committee for Wildlife and Environment Protection of the Republic of Khakassia, Khakassky State Nature Reserve, The Directorate of Protected Areas of Khakasia.

The need for strengthening of the interregional and interdepartmental cooperation has long been discussed by the experts in Altai-Sayan Ecoregion. Unfortunately state organizations lacks the resources and finance for such events. WWF served as the partner to provide resources and unite the efforts of the organizations of the different regions. Considering the weak budget and capacities of conservation organizations the effective protection of the vast areas of Siberia can hardly be reached without strong partnership between different regions.  The forum helped to share experience between the experts of strictly protected areas, national and nature parks, Game Departments, veterinary inspections, law enforcement agencies, customs etc. 

Vladimir Lebedev, the Director of the State Committee for Wildlife and Environment Protection of the Republic of Khakassia says, “On a regional level we come across a lot of issues and problems when protecting wildlife. Our main goal at the meeting is to develop the clear plan for interregional and interdepartmental cooperation to enhance the antipoaching activities on identifying, preventing and punishing wildlife crimes. We also have a rare chance to talk to the federal authorities who came from Moscow and face to face discuss the crucial issues” .
Field excursion to one of the clusters of Khakassky Nature Reserve
© Khakassky Nature Reserve

The forum participants discussed the support and development of public inspections that consist of local people who volunteer to help during raids and awareness raising. The legal base for public inspection appeared in the Russian Federation in 2017 with a new Federal law. Since 2017 the inspections have become the effective tool to  involve local communities into conservation and public control in the field of wildlife crimes. However the inspections still lack funding, capacities, resources. Another important topic was annual census of game and rare species. The old methodology developed in the Soviet Union  is out of time and does not define the real number of animals. The presence at the forum of high federal officials from the Game Department helped the participants to discuss the issue face to face and share all warnings and shortages of the current methodology. 

“It is the first time I have ever attended such big and diverse meeting of conservation organizations’, says Nikolai Morgunov, the Director of State Game Control organization. I had a lot of questions, we shared the experience. I think the Forum was very effective and I hope the event will become annual meeting”.

The discussion of the final resolution was very emotional, every participants wanted to include their ideas and concerns. In the resolution the forum participants addressed to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the RF, regional governments, veterinary services, law enforcement agencies, police, FSB, WWF, Siberian customs etc. The key points of the resolution were to develop the public inspection initiative, the plans on interregional and interdepartmental cooperation, annual census of species. 

Visit to Kiskachinsky nature refuge
(с) Yury Kurochka
For additional information please contact
Altai-Sayan ecoregional press-officer
Head of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregional Office