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WWF-Russia helped to protect boundaries of Volcanoes of Kamchatka

13 november 2021
WWF-Russia spent about five million rubles to finance the snow sheep monitoring program as well as to support ranger's activity and environmental education work in the Nature Park "Volcanoes of Kamchatka"
Thanks to grant support from WWF-Russia, the administration of "Volcanoes of Kamchatka" Nature Park enhanced work in key areas. For instance, a ranger service was organized in May and provided with the equipment necessary to protect the nature park from poaching. A motorboat, an ATV, and an all-wheel-drive truck will now help rangers to resist illegal activity within the boundaries of the nature park. As a result of the work, the rangers detected more than 80 law violations on salmon rivers and seized a vehicle, a motorboat, and fishing gear in 2021.

A part of the grant money was spent to buy a drone with a hi-def camera for snow sheep population monitoring. Aside from the research program, the equipment proved to be useful in August when a crater wall collapsed at Mutnovsky Volcano which caused a mudflow that blocked a path to the geyser field – a popular tourist sight. The staff members of the nature park analyzed the situation using the drone and temporarily banned any tourist visits.

There is a base camp at the confluence of Avachinsky and Koryaksky volcanoes. The area called Avachinsky volcano pass is also part of the nature park. Every year the pass attracts the largest number of visitors among all the tourist sights of Kamchatka. However, the existing visitor's center can hardly be called modern and the exhibition there is terribly outdated. In 2022, the nature park administration plans to build a new visitor's center. The project, earlier supported by the Russian Presidential Grants Foundation, is co-funded by WWF-Russia.