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The school of environmental journalism

08 august 2022
The field school was organized by the interregional environmental press club "Poslednyaya Sreda" with the support of WWF Russia’s Amur branch, and united the winners and laureates of the XVI Far Eastern Environmental Journalism Competition "Living Taiga".

The field school was held on July 27-August 1 in the Khasansky district of Primorye, on the shore of the Sea of Japan. It was attended by 45 people: 35 winners and laureates of the competition from Primorsky, Khabarovsk, Zabaikalsky, and Evreiskaya Provinces and 10 experts from public and state environmental organizations.

The first "lesson" of the School took place at the Rehabilitation Center "Tiger". Viktor Kuzmenko, its head, introduced journalists to the work of the Center in their efforts to rehabilitate the injured or orphaned animals.

The first evening was dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the national park "Land of the Leopard". The journalists watched two documentaries "Land of the Leopard. Circle of Life" and "Land of the Leopard. 10 years".  

One of the highlights of the School was the award ceremony of the XVI Far Eastern Environmental Journalism Competition "Living Taiga", which is held annually by WWF Russia’s Amur branch and the ecological press club "Poslednyaya Sreda" for journalists of the Amur River basin. Diplomas and "Ginseng" were presented to the winners and laureates of the competition by Peter Osipov, head of WWF Russia’s Amur branch, and Olga Maltseva, a member of the jury, associate professor of the Higher School of Cinema and Television.

"Effective and efficient work on nature protection is impossible without the support of society. Even the most correct environmental initiative, if it is incorrectly perceived by the population, will wither on the vine, and something important will not be done, something valuable will not be protected. To prevent this from happening, it is extremely important that society receives reliable and understandable information about nature protection, knows about problems and threats, and here the role of journalists is invaluable," comments Peter Osipov, director of the Amur branch of the World Wildlife Fund. — At the School of Environmental Journalism, we try to help media representatives understand the intricacies of environmental protection, talk about nature conservation issues that need their attention and objective media coverage. The fact that this is necessary and in demand by the journalistic community is clearly seen both by the number of materials that are sent to the Live Taiga contest and by the number of new participants. Another significant moment that we are happy to note is a noticeable increase in the content quality of the materials of journalists who have previously visited the School. This suggests that the Living Taiga School fulfills its main task – it contributes to the development of environmental journalism in the Amur ecoregion."

The Grand Prix of the Competition was awarded to Olga Levashova, a journalist from the primorsky village of Chuguevka, a correspondent of the newspaper "Northern Primorye", for systematic work in the media to promote the topic of nature conservation and its heroes, concern for the preservation of the Ussuri taiga and personal participation in the environmental education of the younger generation. Olga added the main prize of the "Living Taiga" to two "Ginseng", which she received for her victories in the nomination "Preservation of the Amur Tiger" in the 2020 and 2021.

An invariable component of the "Living Taiga" Field School is the discussion of pressing issues of nature protection and the search by journalistic and environmental communities for common ground in solving environmental problems. Thus, plans for the conservation of biodiversity in the Amur ecoregion until 203 were presented as well as the results of the Amur tiger monitoring and international cooperation in this area. The peculiarities of the work of the Far Eastern Marine Reserve as part of the Leopard Land Federal State Budgetary Institution, issues of systematic work on forest conservation by the Primorsky Province Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife Protection; the experience of interaction between public organizations and the press in identifying and solving environmental problems on the example of the Khabarovsky Provincel Branch of the All-Russian Society for Nature Protection; a lecture "Vladimir Arseniev as the first Far Eastern ecologist" were of great interest among the participants of the School.

Additional information:

The School of Environmental Journalism "Living Taiga" was organized by the interregional environmental press club "Poslednyaya Sreda" using a grant from the President of the Russian Federation, provided by the Presidential Grants Fund, with the support of WWf Russia’s Amur branch, FESCO Transport Group and Razvitie, a local NGO.

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