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The corps of community rangers is being formed in the Amur ecoregion
21 april 2022
In 2022, over 200 people took part in 7 seminars on training community rangers, organized in Primorsky, Khabarovsky, Zabaikalsky and Amurskaya provinces, with the support of WWF-Russia as part of the People for Nature project.
Seminars’ participants were local activists, representatives of indigenous peoples and government agencies interested in interaction with community rangers. The speakers were representatives of WWF and partner NGOs, as well as government structures such as the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Management (Rosprirodnadzor), regional ministries of natural resources, the Federal Fishery Agency, Directorates of protected areas management, the Amur River Basin Environmental Prosecutor's office.
During seminars, the soon-to-be community rangers have got a qualified presentation about their role, powers and strength in deterring violations of environmental laws, and about interaction between community rangers and state supervision bodies. Moreover, the most urgent environmental issues in the regions were discussed such as illegal logging, pollution of rivers caused by placer gold mining, protection and use of fish resources.
According to Peter Osipov, director of WWF-Russia Amur branch: “The corps of community rangers is an efficient tool for detecting environmental violations, especially in remote areas where state inspectors cannot always reach immediately. Moreover, preliminary training of inspectors is critically important, because it provides the knowledge on how to identify a violation, record it correctly and inform relevant state supervisory bodies. It is also necessary to avoid situations when signals on violations are addressed wrongly. For this reason, at the seminars, serious attention was paid to adequate preparation of appeals. We believe that presence of a community ranger in every village will drastically decrease the number of violations of environmental regulations.”
In Khabarovsk (Khabarovsky province), the seminars were organized in partnership with the Ministry of Forestry of Khabarovsky province, the Northern Tiger Foundation, the Far Eastern Forestry Research Institute, the Khabarovsk branch of the All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation (VOOP) and the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North of Khabarovsky province. In Chita (Zabaikalsky province), with the public organization “Zapovednoye Zabaikalye”, Directorates of protected areas management and the Ministry of Natural Resources of Zabaikalsky province. In Blagoveshchensk (Amurskaya province), with NGO AmurSEU, the Far Eastern Agricultural University (DalGAU), the Ministry of Forestry of Amurskaya province. In Vladivostok (Primorsky province), with the Union of Indigenous Peoples of Primorsky province.