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Viktor Yashnov, director of Sokhondinsky Nature Reserve, is awarded a medal for the Amur River sources conservation

04 february 2020
WWF Russia congratulates Viktor Yashnov, director of Sokhondinsky Nature Reserve on the award from the Governor of the Khentei aimak of Mongolia for his contribution to the wildlife protection of transboundary area. Together with the Mongolian Onon-Baldj National Park, Sokhondinsky Nature Reserve in Zabaikalsky province of Russia will become the core of the Sources of the Amur River - the planned transboundary protected area.
More than 15 years Sokhondinsky Nature Reserve has been cooperating with Onon-Baldj National Park in Mongolia on conservation of the Upper Amur ecosystems. These protected areas will soon be part of the Sources of the Amur River - Russian-Mongolian transboundary protected area, designed and promoted with the participation of WWF Russia. Joint expeditions, surveys of rare animals, fire-fighting measures, protection of spawning grounds, and annual meetings of the reserves’ staff became traditional. WWF Russia supports cross-border work of Sokhondinsky Reserve.
Wildlife of the Sources of the Amur River
Viktor Yashnov
On January 30, specialists from Russia and Mongolia met in Sokhondinsky Reserve to sum up the results of the year and discuss the plans for 2020 - the Year of the Crane in the Amur ecoregion, one of the priority species in the sources of the Amur. A remarkable moment of the meeting was the presentation of an honorary medal with a certificate to Viktor Yashnov, director of Sokhondinsky Nature Reserve. On behalf of the Governor of the Khentei aimak of Mongolia, Osor Zendgombo, director of the Onon Baldj National Park, gave this award for the reserve’s contribution to the transboundary wildlife protection.
Viktor Yashnov, director of Sokhondinsky Nature Reserve, is awarded a medal for the Amur River sources conservation
Sokhondinsky Nature Reserve
Sokhondinsky Reserve and Onon-Baldj National Park has elaborated the joint Action Plan in two languages, signed by the leaders of the protected areas. In the developed document, the colleagues reflected the protective measures for transboundary rivers during the spawning period and the prevention of cross-border fires. A certain time was confirmed about joint surveys of rare species of animals, such as Mongolian gazelle, tarbagan and cranes to be carried out on the Russian and Mongolian side. Migration corridors and concentration sites of these animals and birds are under special control of the staff of two protected areas.
Demoiselle crane
Viktor Yashnov

Field work and environmental education also has common ground. Sokhondinsky Reserve and Onon-Baldj National Park participate in the Year of the Crane and in the WWF-announced public campaign Crane - Bird of Peace in the Amur basin. Traditionally, the reserve hosts an international contest of children's creativity, following the results of which the Russian-Mongolian environmental rally is annually held in Sokhondinsky Nature Reserve. This year, a children's team from Zabaikalsky province will take part in the international crane festival on the territory of the Khentei aimak of Mongolia. And in Kyra settlement in Zabaikalsky province, an international festival dedicated to cranes will be held for the first time.

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