WWF presented a project on linden forests conservation in Primorye
WWF Russia’s project is being implemented with the support of the Moscow Credit Bank (MCB) on the Blue Ridge in the Anuchinsky and Yakovlevsky districts of Primorye with the participation of the Union of Beekeepers Primorsky province, hunting clubs “Fauna”, “Sinegorye”, Yakovlevsky RZOP and “Mikhailovskoye” public organization of hunters. The goal of the joint work is to preserve honey trees, protect wildlife and prevent illegal logging on an area of more than 100 thousand hectares.
The work of WWF-Russia on honey forests conservation was highly appreciated by the Government of Primorye. On the Honey Day Festival, Evgeny Lepeshkin, the staff of WWF Russia was awarded a Letter of Gratitude from the Governor of Primorsky province Oleg Kozhemyako “For organizing 4 annual international conferences on beekeeping on the territory of Primorsky province, for putting together analytical materials on linden conservation, for organizing the work on apiaries mapping for delineation of linden no-cut zones, and for active participation in working groups for the preservation of honey bearing forests”.
The first in Primorye public anti-poaching brigade, created from among hunting inspectors and beekeepers, helps the state forestry and hunting management department to suppress violations against wildlife on the Blue Ridge, on the territory of 4 hunting clubs. With WWF Russia support, the anti-poaching brigade was equipped with a UAZ Patriot vehicle, protective equipment, outfit and measuring instruments to carry out patrols. Another tool necessary for work, a tablet with a special program set up by WWF-Russia specialists, was handed over to the brigade at the festival.