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WWF-Russia helped to open a new plant for processing and storing harvested wild plants in Kamchatka

13 august 2019
The “Kamchatka Non-timber Forest Products” Associations with support from WWF-Russia supplied freezing equipment for foragers in the village of Atlasovo.

The new equipment was purchased as part of the WWF-Russia’s project aimed to support local communities involved in the harvesting and processing edible wild plants. Implementing the project, WWF-Russia focuses on the remote areas of Kamchatka. The population in those areas is sparse and legal sources of income are seriously limited, any opportunity to earn honestly is valuable. The annual harvesting of wild plants is a traditional source of income and food for the local population.

“World experience demonstrates that the absence of legal source of income and, as a consequence, a decrease in the quality of life, especially in remote settlements, significantly contributes to the appearance of illegal logging and poaching. Creating legal jobs in those areas, WWF-Russia seeks to minimize the anthropogenic impact on the environment associated with irrational forestry management,” said Sergey Rafanov, the Director of WWF-Russia’s Kamchatka/Bering Sea Ecoregional Office.

Sweetberry honeysuckle, blueberries, and lingonberries can be found in abundance in the vicinity of the village of Atlasovo. The berry picking season lasts about a month. As part of the project, a freezer for one and a half metric tons of products for storing and a shock freezer with a capacity of one hundred kilograms per gay were purchased for the needs of local foragers.

For additional information please contact
Head of WWF Kamchatka/Bering Sea Ecoregional Office