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Partnership of non-governmental organizations and official rangers for effective protection of regional refugees
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Partnership of non-governmental organizations and official rangers for effective protection of regional refugees

13 april 2020
The illegal loggers were stopped in Kasmalinsky regional refugee of Altaisky region. Experts assess the damage as 12 437 roubles.

The illegal loggers were stopped in Kasmalinsky regional refugee of Altaisky region. Experts assess the damage as 12 437 roubles.

The inspectors of regional protected areas and the employees of the Altai regional public organization “Ekologicheskiy Aktiv” patrolled the area of the regional protected areas. In 2020 “Ekologicheskiy Aktiv” NGO received the grant of WWF in the frames of People For Nature project, the project implemented by WWF Russia with the support of the European Union, the vehicles for raids and fire preventing equipment for effective protection of the regional protected areas.

The ranger of Kasmalinsky refugee received the information about the people driving the vehicle for transportation of wood who have been spotted within the boundaries of the regional protected area on the 6th of April. The team of rangers of Altaipriroda, State Budgetary Institution, drove to the refugee along with the experts of “Ekologicheskiy Aktiv” NGO. The rangers tracked the illegal loggers by the vehicle track on snow and approached the criminals. The illegal loggers already had loaded the illegally cut wood on a vehicle and were about to drive away from the crime scene. The illegally cut seven healthy trees of Siberian pine 28-35 metres long. Some of the trees had been fallen by wind but were still attached to the roots and could not been considered dry and dead. Cutting of such wood is considered illegal according to the legislation of the Russian Federation. At the moment the protocols are in police. 

Illegal cutting of wood in Kasmalinsky refuge
(c) Altaipriroda, State Budgetary Institution
“This year in April 22, 2020 the number poaching and illegal loggibg cases in forests and protected areas of Altaisky region have grown up due to the free time the people have because of the epidemiological situation. Rangers and regional authorities don’t have enough resources to fightthe growing number of violations. This year People For Nature project of WWF Russia and European Union helped to equip the rangers with vehicles and provide resources for additional raids. So it is possible to address threats more effectively. Partnership of non-governmental organizations and state rangers of the regional protected areas continues, says Alexey Gribkov, WWF expert.

The People for Nature project is implemented by WWF Russia with the support of the European Union and aims to engage a wide range of stakeholders in environmental protection. The project will be carried out in 2019-2022. Its tasks are as follows: preservation of forests by preventing degradation and illegal use of forests, as well as reducing the negative impact of industry on the environment by reducing air pollution and increasing the environmental responsibility of business.

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Altai-Sayan ecoregional press-officer
Head of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregional Office