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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” Association 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 project aimed at supporting local communities involved in the harvesting and processing of edible wild plants. The WWF-Russia project 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 an honest living is valuable. The annual harvesting of wild plants is a traditional source of income and food for the local people.

“World experience demonstrates that the absence of legal sources of income leads to a decreased quality of life, especially in remote settlements, significantly contributing to the appearance of illegal logging and poaching. By 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 storing one and a half metric tons of product and a shock freezer with a capacity of one hundred kilograms per day were purchased for the benefit of local foragers.

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