WWF: 10 years in the Altai-Sayans!
Two of 10 world’s greatest rivers – the Ob’ and the Yenisei – spring here. Amazing big cat – the snow leopard – and the biggest wild sheep – argali – live in the mountains of Altai and Sayan. Six nature territories of the region are the UNESCO World Culture and Nature Heritage objects. The Altai-Sayan Ecoregion is one of the key Global 200 Ecoregions foreground for saving the biodiversity.
But the resource development of the Altai-Sayans (industrial and infrastructure projects, uncontrolled tourism, poaching, extensive agriculture etc.) and the global climate changes are the reasons for direct and sideway threats to biological and landscape diversity of the region. The protection of this unique nature place is one of the priorities for WWF.
For 10 years of work in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion:
- The comprehensive researches of the snow leopard and argali populations are conducted and the National Conservation Strategies of these species are developed
- The Katon-Karagai national park (600000 ha) was established in the Republic of Kazakhstan
- 5 nature parks with total area more than 500000 ha were created In the Republic of Altai (Russia)
- Krasnoyarski krai (Russia) made a “Gift to the Earth”. 8 wildlife refuges and 1 nature park are already created
- The UNDP/GEF project on the long-term conservation of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion with total financing in $15,5 millions started in 2006. WWF allocated $1 million.
- New WWF project “Protected areas for a living planet” started in 2007. The core of the project consists in the support of the existing protected areas and in searching of ways of the cooperation between protected areas and local communities.