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Wild reindeer conservationists go on air

24 may 2019
WWF Russia presented satellite communication systems to the environmental protection structures of the Krasnoyarsk Region and Yakutia. Now state inspectors and experts of nature protected areas are provided with reliable communications even in the most distant raids.

Iridium Extreme satellite phones and Iridium GO! Wi-Fi hotspots were passed the Directorate for PAs of the Krasnoyarsk Region, the Directorate of Biological Resources and PAs of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Federal Directorate of Taimyr Nature Reserves and the Central Siberian Reserve. A total of 11 devices were presented, each with a SIM card included, providing 600 minutes of communication during the year.

New equipment for inspectors
Sergey Verkhovets / WWF России
“Wild reindeer conservation in the central Arctic is impossible without the cooperation and participation of all the environmental organizations. One of the objectives of WWF-Russia is to increase the effectiveness of this work, including use of modern technologies”, says Irina Onufrenya, Head of the Arctic projects of WWF-Russia. “Nowadays, reliable satellite communications are a must in any expedition or environmental raid. Especially in the vast territory of Taimyr, where inspectors sometimes spend several weeks “in the field”, moving away from civilization for hundreds and thousands of kilometers.”

The phone model chosen is specifically designed for use in the harsh northern conditions. Shockproof case and solar battery for charging are included. And Iridium GO! Wi-Fi hotspots allow sending photos and short messages using a regular smartphone via satellite.

This is important when inspectors and scientists use the SMART system (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool). The technology allows using a mobile application to effectively conduct anti-poaching raids, route censuses, assess the state of the animal population, and keep records of nature. This year, at the initiative of WWF-Russia, environmentalists of Yakutia and the Krasnoyarsk Region were trained in its use and received smartphones with an installed program.

The equipment is granted within the WWF-Russia project which is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German
Bundestag.

For additional information please contact
Press officer of the Barents projectBarents sea ecoregional programme
Leading projects coordinator