CUSTOMS Support CENTER FOR NATURE PROTECTION:
For 20 years, the Educational and Methodological Center for Customs Support of Nature Protection, established at the beginning of the century on the initiative of WWF Russia and the Academy, has been an important link in the training of Customs specialists and the perfection of their practical skills. Now, after renovation and repair, the center is again ready to receive cadets, students of advanced training courses and guests of the Academy.
Educational and Methodological Center for Customs Support of Nature Protection participates in the preparation and publication of educational, scientific, and reference publications. Together the two organizations, 18 reference and training manuals have been published for students and Customs officials on how to organize the fight against wildlife species smuggling, on the Customs control and identification of goods of animal and plant origin.
Marina Vorozhtsova, deputy head of the Canine Department of the Vladivostok Customs, with her German wirehaired pointer named Avanta, demonstrated how service dogs find illegally transported derivates and protect wildlife.
Poaching and smuggling are threats to the biodiversity of the planet. Wildlife resources are finite and need to be protected. Training of customs specialists to preserve rare and endangered wildlife species, to implement the requirements of Russian and international legislation in the field of biodiversity protection are the basis for cooperation between the Customs Academy and WWF Russia.