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WWF HAS EQUIPPED ACTIVISTS FOR FIELD WORK

14 january 2022
WWF has handed over equipment to the Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization “Academy of Social Sciences” to work within the framework of the "People for Nature" project.

WWF has handed over equipment to the Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization “Academy of Social Sciences” to work within the framework of the "People for Nature" project.

WWF-Russia is actively working on the territory of the Russian Caucasus to monitor, identify and prevent illegal logging. Non-profit organizations (NGOs) that receive grants for environmental activities within the framework of the "People for Nature" project assist the Fund in this work.

One of such organizations is the Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization “Academy of Social Sciences”, whose activists have been interacting with WWF-Russia for several years and preventing different regions of the Caucasus from violations of forest legislation. For field work, the Foundation handed over to the Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization facilities and equipment that should help to work more efficiently and comfortably. A tablet in a special protection case will allow specialists to work even in bad weather conditions, a rangefinder makes it possible to measure the steepness of slopes on which, according to the law, logging is prohibited, and callipers allow them to accurately and quickly determine the diameter of trees and stumps for drawing up reports. WWF also handed over to the Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization's employees a set of walkie-talkies for communication and coordination on the ground.

Transfer of facilities and equipment to activists
(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia

"We quite often provide assistance to activists and organizations that actually prove the effectiveness of their work in the field of nature protection. The "People for Nature" project, in terms of which financial support is provided, is primarily aimed at involving the public in the preservation of the natural resources of our country. Therefore, we are glad to support public organizations in the region that contribute to the protection and preservation of the nature in the Caucasus," - says Elena Cherkasova, Senior Forest Officer of Russian Caucasus Ecoregional Office WWF-Russia.

(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia

The “People for Nature” project is being implemented in 2019-2022 by WWF-Russia in partnership with the European Union. It is aimed at propelling the public into environmental protection. The objectives of the project are to preserve forests by preventing their degradation and illegal use, as well as minimizing the negative impact of industry on the environment through increasing the environmental responsibility of business and reducing air and water pollution.

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