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                                                             UNDP/ GEF Project 00045973
                                      Biodiversity Conservation in the Russian Portion of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion
                                                          Annual Technical Report for 2008

         Key activities                                                                       Outputs
Project management
Develop and review the Annual          In January 2008 Project team held a meeting to develop the first draft of the Annual Work Plan for 2008.
Work Plan for 2008 at a Project
team meeting

Review and approve the Annual          In February 2008 the Annual Work Plan was submitted to the National Steering Committee (NSC) for review, upon
Work Plan                              which a distance NSC meeting was held and the Plan was approved. Subsequent to the NSC’s approval, the Work
                                       Plan was endorsed by the National Project Director.

Develop technical and financial        The technical report for 2007 was developed, circulated among NSC members, and posted at the Project website. Its
reports for 2007                       text was translated into the English language and was also posted at the Project website. A financial report was
                                       generated and stored in the database as per UNDP requirements and procedures.

Revise the Project Budget for          The Project Budget for 2008 was revised to transfer the unexpended funding of 2006/2007 to 2008. The revision was
2008                                   endorsed by the Regional UNDP/GEF Coordinator.

Competitions for project activities    14 competitions were held in 2008 that resulted in signing 28 agreements and 12 contracts. In the reported year there
                                       were no tenders held for the purchase of equipment.
Planning the Project Mid Term      A Mid Term Evaluation schedule was developed and reviewed by stakeholders. The terms of reference were
Evaluation                         developed and the evaluation was tendered and contracted to Francis Hurst, an expert from the UK. Documents
                                   required for evaluation were collected and submitted to the mid-term evaluator (MTE).

Develop the Annual Work Plan       The first draft of the Annual Work Plan was developed for the remaining period of project implementation
for 2009                           (2009/2010)

Project progress evaluation
Conduct an distance NSC meeting    In February 2008 a distance NSC meeting was held where the Annual Work Plan was reviewed and approved.
to review the Annual Work Plan
Monitoring and reporting
Prepare Quarterly Report (QPR)     Technical and financial reports for 1-4 quarters of 2008 were finalized.
Prepare Project Implementation     The annual PIR for 2007 was drafted and submitted to the Regional UNDP/GEF Coordinator. The PIR was endorsed.
Report (PIR)                       Progress made by the Project in achieving its objectives was evaluated as satisfactory, while the project performance
                                   was evaluated as highly satisfactory.
Mid Term Evaluation of the         In the course of 11 days Francis Hurst, an independent MTE, visited the key project sites to observe implementation of
Project by an independent expert   the project activities in the field, met with the members of the National Steering Committee, subcontractors for project
                                   activities, and other stakeholders in Krasnoyarsk, Altai, and Kemerovo Regions, as well as in Altai and Khakassia
                                   Republics. Representatives of Tyva Republic were invited to meet the MTE in Ergaki Nature Park (Krasnoyarsk
                                   Region). Following the field trip the MTE produced a report. Recommendations made by the MTE were incorporated
                                   into the Work Plan for 2009/2010.
Project team field trips to the keyIn 2008 the Project team made 42 trips to the project sites to monitor implementation of activities.
project sites
Visits by UNDP representatives       In August 2008 a UNDP representative monitored field activities in Khakassia and Altai Republics, as well as Altai
and experts to the key project sites and Krasnoyarsk Regions.
                                     In September 2008 the Mid Term Evaluation was performed by Francis Hurst, an independent expert.
     Project implementation
Output 1. Conservation of rare and endangered species
Activity 1.1. Strengthen law enforcement practices with respect to poaching and illegal trade in rare and endangered species
1.1.1. Draft and conclude            In March 2008, the Agreement for Establishing an Interagency Anti-Poaching Brigade was signed by the Altai Region
agreements for establishing an       Ministry of the Interior, Tigirekskiy State Nature Reserve, Federal Game Department for Altai Region, and NGO
interagency anti-poaching brigade “Geblerov Society for Environment Conservation”.
in Altai Region
1.1.2. Establish and equip the     The anti-poaching brigade was established in Altai Region based on the earlier agreement and staffed with 10 rangers
Interagency Anti-Poaching          from the Ministry of the Interior of Altai Region, Tigirekskiy State Nature Reserve, Federal Game Department for
Brigade in Altai Region            Altai Region, and the NGO “Geblerov Society for Environment Conservation”. The Altai Region Ministry of the
                                   Interior transferred two more officers from the militia special task force.
                                   Raids were conducted in the buffer zone of Tigirekskiy Nature Reserve, at the Chumysh River within Zalesovskiy
                                   District, in Volchikhinskiy and Egoryevskiy Nature Sanctuaries, Shipunovskiy and Krasnoschekovskiy Districts,
                                   Chinetinskiy and Charyshskiy Nature Reserves. 14 administrative violations were registered during these raids and
                                   illegal hunting and fishing reported, 300 meters of fishing nets were removed and destroyed, and 4 guns were
                                   confiscated. In Volchikhinskiy District legal proceedings were initiated under Article 261 Part 2 of the RF Criminal
                                   Code against violation of the forestry regulations.

                                   Activities of the brigade got coverage in the local press: the official website of the Altai Region Administration,
                                   websites of “Bankfax”, “Amitel”, “Atmosfera” news agencies, and the “Priroda Altaya” newspaper. The lessons
                                   learned from establishing interagency anti-poaching brigades were shared with the UNDP/GEF Project “Conservation
                                   of Wetland Biodiversity in the Lower Volga Region”
1.1.3. Support activities and      Implementation of the activity was postponed due to the ongoing devolution of wildlife conservation authorities from
ensure effectiveness of the        the federal to the regional level. It had been planned to involve the Wildlife Conservation Committee of Altai Republic
Interagency Anti-Poaching          and Altaiskiy Nature Reserve into activities of the Interagency Anti-Poaching Brigade. The agreement has already
Brigade in Altai Republic          been amended to include Altaiskiy Nature Reserve into the list of participating agencies. At present the Committee has
                                   only one inspector on the staff for whom it wouldn’t be possible to patrol the whole area protected before by the
                                   Federal Game Department (Rosokhotnadzor) for Altai Region and Altai Republic (the former key member of the
                                   Interagency Anti-Poaching Brigade)
1.1.4. Extend legal enforcement    It had been proposed to increase the number of state inspectors (rangers) in Altai Republic by establishing a
capacity for nature park rangers   department of state inspectors within the Altai Republic Ministry of Nature Resource which did not take place, as the
within the Ecoregion.              proposal had not yet been approved by the Government.

1.1.5. Develop and implement a     The program of monitoring snow leopard and Altai mountain sheep in the Russian Federation was drafted (including
monitoring program for snow        appendices). It was reviewed and approved by Altaiskiy, Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina, and Sayano-Shushenskiy Nature
leopard and Altai mountain sheep   Reserves, where the program is to be implemented. Program recommendations for snow leopard monitoring were
populations in the Ecoregion       piloted during the species counts conducted in Altaiskiy, Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina, and Sayano-Shushenskiy Nature
                                   Reserves in 2008.
Activity 1.2 Raise public awareness and involve local populations in conservation of rare and endangered species
1.2.1. Develop, publish and        A booklet on penalties for poaching was published in Tyva Republic (circulation of 2000 copies). Ubsunurskaya
disseminate booklets on penalties Kotlovina Reserve disseminated most of the copies among residents of Mongun-Taiga and Bai-Taiga Districts of the
for poaching and trade in rare and Republic and handed over the rest of copies for distribution to Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Department for Agriculture
endangered species for local           Control) and Rosprirodnadzor (Federal Department for Nature Control).
populations.                           Another booklet on penalties for poaching was published in Kemerovo District (circulation of 2000 copies). All copies
                                       were handed over to Mr. P. Baranov, a project expert, for dissemination in Gornaya Shoriya through local
                                       environmental agencies.
                                       A regional version of the booklet was also published in 2000 copies for Altai Region. All the copies were handed over
                                       to NGO “Geblerov Environment Society” for dissemination through local environmental agencies.
1.2.2. Disseminate the lessons         Training programs were developed for corral protection against snow leopard attacks and for livestock insurance
learned on corrals protection          against predator attacks. The programs were approved by the Administrations of Mongun-Taiga and Bai-Taiga
against snow leopard in Tyva           Districts of Tyva Republic.
Republic (key site #3)                 A package of hand-out materials was developed for training in the Russian and Tuvinian languages. It included a
                                       booklet about the snow leopard and its behaviour, penalties for hunting the species, international experience in
                                       decreasing the number of conflicts between herders and large predators, as well as instructions on how to protect
                                       corrals against snow leopard attacks.
                                       Between October 1st and 10th four workshops were held in Mugur-Aksy and Kyzyl-Khaya villages (Mongun-Taiga
                                       District) , Teely and Kara-Khol (Bai-Taiga District) on corral protection and one workshop on livestock insurance held
                                       by Rosgosstrakh Insurance Company (Tyva Office). The workshops included activities in which 24 corrals were
                                       protected in locations known for snow leopard attacks. The workshops were attended by 84 herders, representatives of
                                       local administrations, and other local people. During the workshops Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina Reserve concluded 24
                                       agreements with herders from Mongun-Taiga and Bai-Taiga Districts for snow leopard conservation.
                                        Similar activities implemented in 2007 were evaluated for effectiveness. It was found out that none of the herder
                                       camps where corrals had been protected lost any livestock following attacks by the snow leopard.
1.2.3. Develop a system of              Prospects for livestock insurance programs were studied in Western Tyva. It was identified that individual insurance
livestock insurance against snow       programs were ineffective then due to high rates charged by the regional insurance companies according to a
leopard attacks in Tyva Republic       unanimous opinion by all district administrations, farm managers, and herders from Western Tyva. Moreover,
                                       insurance companies do not always have offices in districts known as habitats of the snow leopard.

1.2.4 Organize and conduct             A program of tourist guide training was jointly implemented by the Altai Sustainable Development Foundation and
training for local tourist guides to   Altai In-Service Training Institute. The program was targeted at the population of Altai Republic. The Altai Service
provide ecotourism services in         Training Facility held 3 sessions totalling 500 hours of training to train tourist guides for protected areas. 12 attendants
Central Altai (key project site #2)    of the program with previous specialized education and higher education background were awarded tourist guide
                                       diplomas, 9 unemployed attendants received certificates of guide-animators. All the attendants also received
                                       certificates of participation in “Leave No Trace” International Program. 4 best alumni of the program took an
                                       apprenticeship course in the USA which was funded by the Altai Sustainable Foundation. All the 21 attendants found
                                       employment, either seasonal or permanent, in the protected areas, Altai Sustainable Development Foundation, and
                                       tourist companies of Altai Republic.
                                    The program was highly appreciated by the Government of Altai Republic (Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of
                                    Environment, and Ministry of Education). Lessons learned within the program were presented at the applied science
                                    conference “Continuous Environmental Education: Problems, Lessons, Prospects” held in the city of Tomsk on
                                    November 6th and 7th, 2008.
1.2.5 Develop a training kit for    A digital version of “Following Sacred Altai Trails”, a 468 page illustrated text book for tourist guide training, was
the programs of tourist guide       produced in 500 copies. The textbook was used as a reference during the tourist guide training for the local population
training implemented in Altai       in Altai Republic.
Mountain Region.
Activity 1.3. Update baseline information and establish a system to monitor populations of “flagship species”, especially Snow leopard and Altai
mountain sheep (Argali)
1.3.1 Introduce a monitoring        “Methods, Field Activity Planning, Data Processing for Snow Leopard Monitoring” was the title of a workshop held
program for the snow leopard and in Sayano-Shushenskiy Reserve. The workshop was attended by 18 rangers from protected areas across the Altai-
Altai mountain sheep in protected Sayan Ecoregion (Russian and Kazakhstan portions) and Mr. Bariusha Munkhtsog, a snow leopard expert, was an
areas of the Ecoregion.             invited lecturer from Mongolia. During the workshop the participants were introduced into different methods of
                                    monitoring the snow leopard starting with traditional methods of counting the numbers based on the species tracks and
                                    finishing with the modern monitoring techniques using CCTVs, genetic analysis and radio collars.
                                    A preliminary agreement was reached with Mr. Bariusha Munkhtsog to hold another such workshop for Russian,
                                    Kazakhstan, and Mongolian experts in Mongolia. The future workshop will focus on techniques of telemetry used in
                                    snow leopard monitoring and research. It is planned that Russia will be represented at the workshop by 4 or 5 snow
                                    leopard experts from protected areas of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion.
                                    Between March 6th and 11th 2008 Mr. Mikhail Paltsyn, the Expert Group Leader for Endangered Species
                                    Conservation, reported on the project at the “International Conference on Range-Wide Conservation Planning for
                                    Snow Leopard” held in Beijing. Contacts were established with the leading experts in the snow leopard studies and
                                    prospects were discussed for implementing CCTV monitoring and genetic identification of the snow leopard in the
                                    Altai-Sayan Ecoregion.
1.3.2 Monitor flagship species      Musk Deer: Counts of the musk deer population were conducted in Katunskiy, Altaiskiy, Sayano-Shushenskiy,
(snow leopard and Altai mountain Khakasskiy, Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina Reserves, “Shushenskiy Bor” National Park, and Ergaki Nature Park. The
sheep) and focal species (Siberian census was taken at more than 70 monitoring sites of the deer habitat within the key project sites of Central and
Ibex, musk-deer, saker falcon) in   Eastern Altai, and Western Sayan. The overall population of the musk deer was assessed as 20340 – 21190 animals
the key project sites.              (compared to 21300 – 22000 animals in 2003/2004). Experts note a certain decrease of the musk deer population in
                                    some areas compared to the previous years. Overall, the musk deer population remains stable within the Ecoregion.
                                    However, the price of musk glands increased more than twice during 2007 and 2008 which raises concerns over a
                                    higher poaching pressure on the musk deer expected in the Altai and Sayan Mountains.

                                    Snow Leopard: In 2008 four field trips were made to the Argut River Basin, Sayano-Shushenskiy Nature Reserve and
                                    its core zone, and the Tsagan-Shibetu Mountain Ridge to conduct counts of the snow leopard population. Researchers
                                    found traces of 7 snow leopards in the examined part of the Argut River Basin, of 7 snow leopards in the southern part
                                    of Sayano-Shushenskiy Reserve (based on winter and spring counts), and of 7-8 animals in the Tsagan-Shibetu
                                    Mountain Ridge. Based on these findings, the snow leopard population has been evaluated as stable.

                                    Siberian Ibex: The population of Siberian Ibex was counted in Sayano-Shushenskiy Nature Reserve and its buffer
                                     zone, in Tyva and Altai Republics. In the Argut River Basin Ibex population was assessed as 3500-3700 heads, while
                                    for the Tsagan-Shibetu Mountain Ridge (Tyva Republic) it was 360-410 animals, and for the buffer zones of Sayano-
                                    Shushenskiy Reserve it was 2200-2550 heads. The total population of the Siberian Ibex within the key project sites
                                    was assessed in 2008 as 9190-10610 heads (compared to 9280-10900 in 2003-2005). The population of Ibex in the
                                    Russian portion of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion has been evaluated as stable.

                                    Saker Falcon: Based on the counts conducted in the key project sites the total population of the saker falcon has been
                                    assessed as 390-470 couples. A considerable decrease in the bird population has been noted in Minusinsk district (26%
                                    decrease over the five years from 2003 to 2006). In Tuva and Altai a stable decrease trend of 15-17% has been noted
                                    over the last 5 years primarily in the steppe areas, where falcon nests are easily accessible to poachers. Illegal hunting
                                    is still the main cause for the decrease in the bird’s population. The overall numbers of the falcon are more or less
                                    stable at the key project sites except south-eastern Altai and south-western Tyva (key project site #3). Here a 15,8%
                                    decrease in the bird population has been noted for the last 5 years. The total population of the saker falcon has
                                    decreased in the key project sites by 8,5%. However, the trend for the key project sites is more encouraging compared
                                    to the surrounding areas where the bird population decreased by 15-40%.

                                    Altai mountain sheep: There were no counts of the Altai mountain sheep conducted in the reported year. The
                                    mountain sheep population in the transboundary area between Russia and Mongolia was evaluated on the basis of
                                    earlier counts of November 2007 (1111 heads counted). The species population has been evaluated as stable (the
                                    counts of 2003/2004 assessed the population as 1060-1140 heads).

Output 2. Strengthened and Expanded Protected Area System
Activity 2.1 Strengthen priority PA infrastructure and staff capacity
2.1.1 Assess effectiveness of PA Management effectiveness was evaluated in 9 federal and 6 regional protected areas. The overall rating for the priority
management based on the World        protected areas has increased by 7% (from 712 points in 2006 to 762 points in 2008). Among the federal protected
Bank / WWF methodology               areas the greatest progress was made by Altaiskiy Nature Reserve (+12 points), a considerable progress was noted in
(METT)                               Sayano-Shushenskiy and Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina Nature Reserves, as well as Shorskiy National Park. No progress
                                     has been made by Azas Nature Reserve which is still not involved in project activities, while the rating of Katunskiy
                                     Biosphere Reserve has decreased.
                                     Among the regional protected areas the greatest progress has been made by Ukok Nature Park (+10 points) and Ergaki
                                     Nature Park (+8 points).
2.1.2 Support establishment of       The Project supported feasibility studies for Saylyugemskiy Nature Park established by the Altai Republic Ministry of
new protected areas in the           Nature Resource and WWF Russia The project input included spacious data analysis using GIS technologies, location
Ecoregion.                           of borders for the park clusters, mapping critical data and zones of the park, and developing regulations for
                                     Saylyugemskiy Nature Park.
                                      Support has been provided to the Ministry of Nature Resource and Environment of Tyva Republic and WWF Russia
                                     in conducting the feasibility study for Taiga Nature Park.
2.1.3 Strengthen infrastructure in   There were not any activities for infrastructure strengthening due to the fact that in 2008 there were not any new
new protected areas established in   protected areas established in the key project sites.
the key project sites
2.1.4 Establish an integrated        A four-party collaboration agreement has been developed and signed by Altaiskiy, Khakasskiy, Sayano-Shushenskiy,
communications and interaction       and Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina Nature Reserves including protection, research, and environmental awareness raising.
system among protected areas of      Procedures were developed and approved which regulate joint patrols and research across the protected areas, and
the Ecoregion (piloted in            specific activities were scheduled for 2008/2009. Special attention is to be paid to protecting and monitoring rare and
Altaiskiy, Sayano-Shushenskiy,       endangered species (Altai mountain sheep, snow leopard, wild reindeer) as well as such poached species as musk deer
Khakasskiy, and Ubsunurskaya         and Siberian Ibex).
Kotlovina Nature Reserves ) –        Altaiskiy Nature Reserve has established a duty station, equipped with a satellite communications system (Thuraya
key project sites #3 and #5          SO-2510) and a short-wave transceiver (Vertex VX-1700) to ensure round-the-clock communications. It has
                                     uninterruptible supply of power and ensures coordination of patrol activities by a duty officer. An application has
                                     been submitted to use the same radio frequencies by the two neighbouring protected areas (Altaiskiy and Khakasskiy
                                     Nature Reserves). Altaiskiy and Khakasskiy Reserves are finishing upgrade of their radio communications networks.

                                     Each of the four nature reserves involved in the Project was provided with a licence for ArcGIS 9.3 by ESRI software
                                     company as part of the project co-funding, as well as a laptop computer and a GPS navigator. It enables each of them
                                     to establish their own geographical information system (GIS). Protection Departments of the reserves have already
                                     received the software and technical support for its installation. It is planned that in 2009 rangers of the reserves will
                                     attend a GIS training for which a program has already been developed.
                                     A structure of a GIS data base has been developed to ensure an effective nature protection. At present the reserves are
                                     preparing a GIS description and the user manual. In 2009 it is planned to install the database in the reserves.

                                     Within the Project Altaiskiy Reserve has successfully tested an anti-poaching tracking system. The project funded
                                     purchase of 4 TrailGuard systems, two of which have already been installed in the areas of the reserve frequently
                                     visited for musk deer poaching. A boat tracking system developed earlier for Sayano-Shushenskiy Reserve was also
                                     tested in Altaiskiy Reserve (3 packages of equipment purchased). The system will provide Sayano-Shushenskiy
                                    Reserve with a complete control over boat movement across Sayano-Shushenskoye Reservoir within the protected
                                    area. All the equipment required for an effective coordination among the reserves have been purchased procured
                                    Thuraya satellite phones, radio stations and tuners, field uniform for rangers, boats and motors.

2.1.5 Build staff capacity of      The School of Young Ranger was held in Altaiskiy Reserve and was attended by many protected areas of the
protected areas through ranger     Ecoregion including Altaiskiy, Katunskiy, Tigirekskiy, Stolby, Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina, Sayano-Shushenskiy Nature
training in Altai Republic         Reserves, Shorskiy National Park, nature parks of Altai Republic (Chui-Oozy, Argut, and Uch-Enmek). Moreover,
                                   following the suggestion of the UNDP/GEF project “Conservation of Wetland Biodiversity in the Lower Volga
                                   Region”, some rangers of Volzhsko-Kamskiy Nature Reserve were invited to attend the school. The School was
                                   attended by a total of 45 people. The training program comprised 90 hours of study (36 hours of theory and 54 hours
                                   of practise). Besides the reserves, trainers represented Greenpeace Russia, NGO “Strizh” Ecological Centre (Tomsk),
                                   Medical Centre for Emergencies of Altai Republic, Altai Regional Office of Avialesookhrana (Air Wildfire Fighting
                                   Agency), Altai Rescue Unit, special unit of the Federal Penitentiary Service for Altai Republic. In the course of
                                   training the rangers conducted 5 raids over Teletskoye Lake and its adjacent area.
                                   Two groups of offenders were detained in the raids, their fishing equipment and a boat motor confiscated as well as 10
                                   kg of poached fish. The rangers registered two administrative offences and recorded two confiscations. Young
                                   rangers from protected areas acquired practical skills of area protection. The training received a positive feedback
                                   from the participants.
Activity 2.2. Develop five model management plans for priority PAs
2.2.1 Implement the management Bazaga Patrol Station was repaired and equipped with a diesel power generator. In addition, the reserve purchased 3
plan in Sayano-Shushenskiy         petrol power stations, one heavy duty pontoon bridge, two boat motors, a current converter, 2 inflatable boats, 25 life
Nature Reserve                     vests.
2.2.2 Implement the management An agreement was concluded with Shorskiy National Park to support implementation of its management plan. Within
plan in Shorskiy National Park     the agreement the project funded construction of 6 wooden boats to protect the water area, purchase of two GPS
                                   navigators and one Buran snowmobile. The boats have been used in 8 raids along the Mras-Su River where 11
                                   offenders were identified and 20 kg of poached fish confiscated. Implementation of the agreement will continue in
                                   2009. When developing the management plan for Shorskiy National Park, the Laboratory of Ethno-Social and Ethno-
                                   Cultural Geo-Informatics (Kemerovo State University) developed a GIS system of traditional nature use areas by the
                                   Shoriya people within the park.
2.2.3 Implement the management An agreement was concluded with Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina Reserve to support implementation of its management
plan in Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina     plan. Within the agreement the project funded preparation of a proposal to extend the reserve area with 8 new cluster
Nature Reserve.                    territories including key habitats of the snow leopard and Altai mountain sheep. The proposal is still being reviewed in
                                   District Administrations and the Republic Government. The reserve purchased equipment required for its
                                   management programs including a four wheel drive vehicle, desktop and laptop computers, a multimedia projector, a
                                   felt yurt, two boilers for a boiler house, and designed and made inspector badges and posters describing the reserve,
                                      etc. Implementation of the agreement will continue in 2009.
2.2.4 Develop a management plan The management plan has been developed. The draft is undergoing a review and approval process by the RF MNR.
for Ukok Nature Park.
2.2.5 Develop a management plan A final planning workshop for management plan development was conducted by Michael Appleton, an international
for Ergaki Nature Park.               expert, according to the agreement between the Krasnoyarsk Region Administration and the Directorate of Ergaki
                                      Nature Park. The main programs of the management plan were discussed and its structure and activities were revised.
                                      The workshop was attended by Sayano-Shushenskiy and Khakasskiy Nature Reserves as the management plan
                                      stakeholders as well as Kronotskiy Nature Reserve and Nalychevo Nature Park invited by the partner UNDP/GEF
                                      project in Kamchatka Peninsula. The protected areas took advantage of the lessons learned by Ergaki Nature Park
                                      when developing management plans for their areas.
Activity 2.3. Build capacities of regional authorities to manage PA system
2.3.1. Establish a management         Tyva Republic became the second administrative territory in the Ecoregion to establish a Directorate for all the
structure (Directorate) for           regional protected areas in the Republic. By establishing the Directorate, the Republic advanced towards a network of
regional PAs in Tyva Republic.        regional protected areas, which was a target in the approved Protected Area Development Plan, and strengthened the
                                      existing protected areas.

2.3.2. Build capacity of the        An agreement was concluded with the Ministry of Nature Resource and Environment of Tyva Republic under which
established Directorate for         funding was provided for its primary equipment. It was allocated for the purchase of a four-wheel drive vehicle, office
Regional Protected Areas in Tyva and field equipment, field uniform, and petrol and lubricants to patrol the area.
Activity 2.4. Create enabling environment for community participation in PA management
2.4.1 Establish public councils     Supported by the Project, public councils were established in Belukha and Argut Nature Parks. Their charters were
(steering committees) in key        developed and first meetings were held. Established earlier public councils for Altaiskiy Nature Reserve and Council
project sites ## 4, 2, and 3.       of Pashtyks (elders) for Shorskiy National Park continue to function. By way of example, the management plan for
                                    Shorskiy National Park was widely discussed during a public debate held in the Tashtagol District Administration
                                    where local population was represented by the Council of Pashtyks.
Activity 2.5. Promote cooperation and information and knowledge exchange among PAs
2.5.1 Establish an Association of Due to the lack of interest from protected areas in Altai Republic the activity was not implemented
PAs in Altai Republic
2.5.2. Ensure dissemination of      In November 2008 a group from Ergaki Nature Park and Krasnoyarsk Region Administration paid a visit to Banff and
lessons learned among protected     Jasper National Parks (Canada). Visitors studied the experience of developing management plans, establishing and
areas and their collaboration       developing park infrastructure, ensuring visitor experience, and collaborating with businesses (ski resorts, campsites),
through participation in            managing wildlife, providing safety for visitors, providing environmental and architectural justification for new
workshops and exchange              construction within the parks, and managing forest fires. The lessons learned will be replicated in Ergaki Nature Park
programs.                           for designing and constructing park infrastructure. Lessons learned by Canadian parks in preventing conflicts between
                                      wildlife and people will be disseminated in the Ecoregion through a workshop planned for 2009.
2.5.3 Study lessons learned within    Supported by the Project, Ms. T. Pakhaeva, the Executive Director of NGO Orion, visited UNDP/GEF project in
the UNDP/GEF and other                Kamchatka Peninsula and studied the lessons learned by “Sodruzhestvo” Foundation established within the project.
projects and international            Copies of the Foundation charter, rules and tender procedures were acquired. Following the visit, NGO Orion
experience and replicate them in      launched a similar micro-loan program in Ongudaiskiy District of Altai Republic.
the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion.            Lessons learned by the UNDP/GEF project at Kamchatka provided the basis for publications, follow-up dissemination
                                      of lessons and training programs in the ASE.
Output 3. Strengthened legal and institutional framework for biodiversity conservation and transboundary management
Activity 3.1. Development of model legislative and regulatory provisions for biodiversity conservation to cover gaps in existing policies and to adjust
regional legislation to federal laws.
3.1.1 Submit for review and           Recommendations for Establishing Regional Protected Areas were developed and published in 500 copies. The
approval and publish                  publication became popular and had a wide circulation both within and outside the Ecoregion.
recommendations for establishing
regional protected areas.
3.1.2 Draft amendments to the         A bill was developed by the joint team of the Project, WWF, and independent experts, which proposed amendments to
federal law to improve legal          the Law on Protected Areas and some other laws of the Russian Federation. The bill passed the hearings in a
framework for protected areas in      respective committee of the State Duma (Legislative Assembly). Some of its provisions have been accepted to the
the Russian Federation.               next round of hearings in the Duma as amendments to the Law on Protected Areas presently in force.

Activity 3.2. Promote transboundary conservation actions
3.2.1 Promote establishing an     The Project funded participation of the Ecoregion representatives in the second meeting of the Joint Commission on
International Transboundary       Environment between Russia and Mongolia held in Ulan Bator (Mongolia). The meeting confirmed the decision to
Biosphere Reserve over the area   establish a transboundary biosphere reserve over the area of Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina Nature Reserve (Russia) and the
of Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina         Directorate of Uvs-Nuur Protected Area (Mongolia), final version of the agreement to be drafted in the third quarter of
Nature Reserve (Russia) and Uvs 2008. The Project supported participation of a Russian delegation in sub-regional consultations on international
Nuur Nature Reserve (Mongolia). cooperation held by UNESCO in Ulan Bator (Mongolia) in September of 2008. It was decided that Altai-Golden
                                  Mountains, the UNESCO World Heritage Site originally designated as Nature Heritage would also be designated as
                                  Cultural Heritage. It was also decided to expand the area of Altai - Golden Mountains Site into the neighbouring states
                                  of Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and China.
3.2.2. Promote establishing a     The Project participated and funded participation of Altai Republic in the international applied science conference for
Transboundary Biosphere           establishing “Altai” Transboundary Protected Area over the territory of Katunskiy Biosphere Reserve (Russia) and
Reserve over the area of          Katon-Karagayskiy National Park (Kazakhstan). Participants of the conference signed a resolution and drafted the
Katunskiy Nature Reserve          Agreement for Establishing a Transboundary Protected Area which was submitted to the Governments of the both
(Russia) and Katon-Karagayskiy    countries.
National Park (Kazakhstan)
Output 4. Increased levels of biodiversity awareness among major stakeholder groups and the rural population

Activity 4.1 Work with local populations and visitors in key project sites to raise awareness of environmental values and the benefits of biodiversity
4.1.1 Implement pilot activities to Following the tender , three activities were supported:
raise environmental awareness of
local communities and tourists in “Raising Profile of Argut Nature Park” is an activity implemented by Altai Regional Institute of Ecology (Altai
the key project sites.              Republic). The scope of work included mapping and listing monuments of historic, cultural, natural, spiritual, and
                                    medicinal value to the local population; public survey among residents of Inegen Village, a round-table meeting with
                                    villagers, local authorities and environmental agencies of the republic about tourism development and the future of
                                    Argut Nature Park; developing and publishing a booklet about Argut Nature Park (200 copies). Republican and local
                                    press published 10 articles on the history of establishment and activities of Argut Nature Park, conservation traditions
                                    and traditional nature uses practiced in Inegen Village, as well as prospects for tourism development. The survey
                                    conducted in the beginning of the project demonstrated that over 60% of villagers were somewhat critical towards
                                    Argut Nature Park. Mostly it was due to the lack of information about activities by Argut Nature Park.
                                    Implementation of the project improved attitude of the local population towards the park’s activities.

                                    “Public Support for Belukha” was an activity implemented by Istok NGO (Altai Republic). The scope of work
                                    included establishing a Public Council for Belukha Nature Park; a public survey among residents of Katanda,
                                    Tyungur, and Kucherla villages, an eco-tour from Tyungur to Akkemskoye Lake to Kucherlinskoye Lake and back
                                    (the area of Belukha Nature Park). During the trip 11 participants collected garbage and installed 24 information
                                    boards. The participants also handed out to tourists 120 booklets and rules of Belukha Nature Park. A marathon was
                                    held among conservation activists from Ust-Koksa to Tyungur. 200 residents of Ust-Koksa District participated in this
                                    large-scale event alongside 10 marathon runners from Barnaul. The subcontractor held three round-table meetings
                                    with the local population, protected area rangers, District Administration and the local press. Posters were designed
                                    and published in 1600 copies. 5 video reports about the project activity were filmed for “El Altai” Republican
                                    Broadcasting Station. The activity had a positive impact on the local population, public bodies and authorities.

                                    “Ethno-Ecological Altai for Sustainable Development” was an activity implemented by Altaiskiy Nature Reserve. The
                                    scope of work included development of the web site ( with a page dedicated to collaboration
                                    with the local population. During the fair held on the traditionally celebrated Lake Day 22 local craftspeople from
                                    Turochakskiy District (Artybash, Turochak, Iogach, Paspaul, and Yailyu) and Ulaganskiy District (Belyo) presented
                                    their souvenirs and other ecotourism services for over 600 visitors. Information boards were developed for tourist
                                    camps in Iogach and Artybash Settlements. A one-day workshop was held in Artybash Settlement dedicated to local
                                    population involvement in reserve activities. Workshop participants developed a strategy of collaboration for the
                                   reserve. Outputs of the activity were reported at the 2nd National Conference “Environmental Culture As One of Key
                                   Factors in Addressing Social Issues” held in Saint Petersburg in November 2008.
Activity 4.2 Promote children and youth involvement in biodiversity conservation through innovative education programmes for school in the key
project sites
4.2.1 Pilot activities involving   Two activities were implemented:
children and youth into            “Sayanskiy Eco-Tour” was an activity implemented by Sayano-Shushenskiy Nature Reserve. The activity involved 19
biodiversity conservation in the   children and youth representing Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina and Sayano-Shushenskiy Nature Reserves, Shushenskiy Bor
key project sites                  National Park, and Ergaki Nature Park. The tour introduced participants into activities by protected areas in the south
                                   of Krasnoyarsk Region and Khakassia. It included training, workshops, lectures, contests, quests and intellectual
                                   games. The participants held a public survey among the local population to find out on their attitude towards protected
                                   areas in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion. Video footage made during the tour was edited into a 10-minute film entitled
                                   “The Facets of Cooperation” and showing environmental camps organized by the reserve in protected areas of the
                                   Ecoregion. The film will help disseminate lessons learned among other protected areas of the Ecoregion, as well as
                                   educational establishments in Shushenskiy, Ermakovskiy, and Minusinskiy Districts of Krasnoyarsk Region and in
                                   Tyva Republic.

                                     Rally of ‘Friends of the Reserve Islands’- 2008 was an activity implemented by the Environmental Club of Altai State
                                     University in Altai Region, Altai Republic, and Kemerovo Region. The activity involved 30 children and youth
                                     representing protected areas of the Altai portion of the region. Participants volunteered to help Uch-Enmek and Chui-
                                     Oozy Nature Parks, Gorno-Altaiskiy Botanical Garden, Kuznetskiy Ala-Tau Nature Reserve and Shorskiy National
                                     Park. They learned about activities by the protected areas with respect to wildlife management, protection, recreation
                                     and tourism, area cleaning, collaboration with local populations. During the rally the participants learnt of biodiversity
                                     studies, meteorological survey, foundations of monitoring, research, and leadership, health and safety procedures on a
                                     trip, terrain orientation, etc. A public survey was held to identify the attitude towards protected areas among the local
                                     population. Meetings were held with managers and rangers of protected areas. As a follow-up of the activity a booklet
                                     was published entitled “Reserves from Children’s Prospective”. The rally improved cooperation between different
                                     environmental children’s organisations (Young Friends of Nature, “Druzhnye”, Day Watch, “Gorizont” Tourist Club),
                                     and encouraged positive attitude towards protected area activities among the local population. It also encouraged the
                                     development of the children’s organization “Friends of the Reserve Islands” in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion.
                                     The outputs were reported at the National Conference “Ecology - Priority for National Development in Russia” which
                                     was held by the RF Public Chamber (Moscow September 22-23), at the International Applied Science Conference
                                     “Continuous Environmental Education: Problems, Experience, Prospects” (Tomsk, November 6-7), at the Workshop
                                     on Prospects of Youth Environmental Movement for Conservation of Nature and Cultural Heritage (Saint Petersburg,
                                     November), and were highly appreciated by the participants.
Activity 4.3 Evaluate efficiency of awareness raising programmes and provide for exchange of experiences, best practices, and lessons learnt.
4.3.1 Disseminate lessons learned    Kemerovo State University hosted a regional conference for 59 participants from 8 regions of the Federation: Altai,
on developing educational            Kamchatka, and Krasnoyarsk Regions, Altai and Tyva Republic, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, and Kemerovo Regions. The
programs and textbooks on            participants represented UNDP/GEF projects, administrative bodies of the regions, municipal and district departments
regional biodiversity conservation   of education, researchers, secondary, higher, and supplementary education establishments, protected areas, research
for school curricula in              facilities, and the press. A training course was presented at the conference which focused on environmental values and
Tashtagolskiy District of            practical skills for conserving regional biodiversity. Following the reports by the textbook authors and by the teachers
Kemerovo Region (key project         who piloted the course, the participants supported the need for its dissemination in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion and
site #4)                             other areas. Proposals to develop similar courses with support from regional administrations were made by
                                     Belovskiy, Leninsk-Kuznetskiy, Mezhdurechenskiy, Novokuznetskiy and Tisulskiy Districts of Kemerovo Region,
                                     Kosh-Agachskiy District of Altai Republic and Shushenskiy District of Krasnoyarsk Region.
                                     The progress made by the Project was reported at the Interregional Applied Science Conference: Continuous
                                     Environmental Education: Problems, Lessons, Prospects (Tomsk, November 6-7, 2008) and the 2nd National
                                     Conference “Environmental Culture As One of Key Factors in Addressing Social Issues” (Saint Petersburg,
                                     November, 2008).
Output 5. Improved information on biodiversity, including TEK, and its use in decision-making.
        Activity 5.1 Undertake an ecosystem and biodiversity conservation information needs assessment
5.1.1. Undertake information         “Biodiversity Conservation in Decision Making” is a set of recommendations developed for regional and municipal
needs assessment for decision-       public officers that summarizes lessons learnt by Altai Region. It describes the legal context for biodiversity use and
making that takes into account       conservation, the scope and responsibilities of decision makers, the information needs for making administrative
biodiversity conservation            decisions at the regional and municipal levels. The recommendations are intended for state and municipal
                                     administrators involved in environment conservation both directly and through managing agriculture, state and
                                     municipal property, housing and utilities infrastructure, etc. It is planned to publish the recommendations in 2009.
Activity 5.2 Develop and implement an ecosystem-based biodiversity monitoring program in the Ecoregion
5.2.1. Develop a program of          Development of a biodiversity monitoring program and relevant data bases are planned within a three-layer data base
biodiversity monitoring for the      on PAs and biodiversity to be elaborated by the Ministry of Nature Resources. Implementation of the activity has been
Ecoregion                            delayed until the structure and maintenance procedures for the data base are established by the Ministry.
Activity 5.3 Establish biodiversity and TEK databases
5.3.1. Develop a database for the Altai State University continued expanding the interactive biodiversity database of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion. By the
biodiversity of the Altai-Sayan      end of 2009 the database contained information on 6843 species (4433 plants and 2410 animals). Its interface has
Ecoregion                            been translated into the English language and translation of the data entries is in progress. The database has been
                                     posted at The activity is expected to be finalized in the 1st quarter of 2009. By that time the
                                     database will contain 8000 entries of regional plant and animal species, and will be the biggest source of information
                                     about the species diversity of the Altai-Sayan Mountains.
5.3.2 Develop a TEK database         Altai State University has completed a reference book as part of the activity “Publish and disseminate a reference
associated with biodiversity         book on TEK in nature resource use of indigenous peoples in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion”. Two more sections were
conservation (key project sites    added: “Tofalar People” and “Problems and Prospects for Developing TEK of Altai-Sayan Peoples on Nature
#3,4)                              Resource Use”. Kemerovo State University, a subcontractor, has developed a multimedia version of the book. The
                                   reference book will be published and presented at a regional conference in the 2nd quarter of 2009.
Output 6. Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into regional decision making process
Activity 6.1 Raise awareness on biodiversity values among decision-makers and nature management authorities
6.1.1. Replicate lessons learned   Supported by the Altai Region Administration, Altai State University held an interregional conference aimed at
on developing biodiversity-        disseminating the lessons learned on developing biodiversity-focused educational modules for in-service training
focused educational programs for programs of the administrative personnel in Altai Region. The conference was attended by 35 people (representing
in-service training of the         state agencies, environment agencies, and educational establishments of Altai, Kamchatka, and Krasnoyarsk Regions,
administrative personnel in Altai Altai and Tyva Republic, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, and Astrakhan Regions). UNDP/GEF projects for
Region.                            biodiversity conservation at Low Volga and Kamchatka were also represented at the conference. The conference
                                   discussed the following issues:

                                      1. How to raise biodiversity awareness and ensure sustainable resource use by public officers.
                                      2. Progress made in Altai Region on developing educational programs focused on biodiversity conservation.
                                      3. Practical lessons learned on environmental education for public officers including municipal officials.
                                      The participants acknowledged the achievements made by Altai State University within the UNDP/GEF Project on
                                      developing biodiversity-focused educational programs for in-service training. The conference resolved to recommend
                                      replication of the lessons learnt by the regional administrations in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion and adjacent territories.
                                       Outputs were reported at the Interregional Applied Science Conference: Continuous Environmental Education:
                                      Problems, Lessons, Prospects (Tomsk, November 6-7, 2008) in the Section: Public Initiatives and Their Role in
                                      Environmental Education. Kemerovo State University applied the methodology developed for its lecture courses on
                                      Social Ecology (Department of Political Science and Sociology).
6.1.2 Establish a unified database    Establishment of a unified database for rare and endangered species is planned within the data base to be elaborated
for rare and endangered species       by the Ministry of Nature Resources. The activity has not been implemented due to a delay in approval of the
and train regional staff of Federal   structure and maintenance procedures for the mentioned data base.
Department for Nature
6.1.3 Develop land use models         Implementation of the project “Replication of the Lessons Learnt on Developing Cost Effective and Balanced Nature
(key project site #3)                 Use Models Involving Sustainable Pasture Rotation in Altai Republic” (by Taldu Farm) was prolonged due to health
                                      problems of a subcontractor. The implemented scope of work includes mapping land user areas within Uch-Enmek
                                      Nature Park; meetings held among Gorno-Altaisk Botanical Garden, Boochi and Kulada farms, Uch-Enmek Park
                                      Directorate; drafting standard agreements between the park and tenants for the provision of summer grazing;
                                      construction of a training centre in Taldu farm; and a training program for land users. Completion of the project is
                                      planned for 2009.
Activity 6.2 Strengthening enforcement capacities and collaboration among government agencies to implement existing environmental laws
6.2.1 Conduct target campaigns       The training centre of Siberian Customs Department in Novosibirsk hosted a training workshop for customs officers
for staff of environmental state     as well as members of the Special Anti-Contraband Department. It was dedicated to Customs regulations against
agencies on prevention of illegal    contraband of wildlife. 29 attendants completed the training and were awarded certificates of the Russian Customs
hunting and traffic in poached       Academy (Vladivostok Branch). As a result thirteen out of sixteen stations of Siberian Customs Department now have
species.                             officers specialized on prevention of illegal wildlife traffic. During the workshop the training centre used a collection
                                     of derivates made by NGO Siberian Ecological Centre more than a year ago with support of the UNDP/GEF Project.
                                     At the end of the workshop the collection was handed over to the training centre so that it could be used in different
                                     training programs.
Activity 6.3 Establish legal and regulatory environment to mainstream biodiversity into regional development policies
6.3.1 Develop and adapt              A micro-loan program was launched in Ongudaiskiy District as part of the project activity “Micro-Loan Program as a
economic means for biodiversity Foundation for Alternative Livelihoods of Local Population within Protected Areas”. The program was based on the
conservation (key project site #     lessons learned by “Sodruzhestvo” Micro-Loan Program implemented within the UNDP/GEF biodiversity
4).                                  conservation project at Kamchatka. The Program established a Managing Board and a Board of Trustees in Inya area
                                     encompassing Chui-Oozy and Argut Nature Parks. To explain the program objectives, general meetings were held in
                                     six villages that were attended by approximately 500 people. The meetings selected a panel for review of the
                                     applications. The lending pool of the program is 250 thousand RUR. It includes donations of individuals, legal
                                     entities, and the village administration. 6 training workshops were held to inform 150 attendants from among the local
                                     population about lending procedures of the program. They were also trained how to fill out an application. After the
                                     first review 12 applications were approved and the loans issued. The program developed and tested its procedures. A
                                     standard agreement was developed between the program directorate and a borrower as well as an agreement between
                                     the park directorate and a borrower for their participation in conservation activities of the park. The initiative was
                                     supported by the Ministry of Nature Resources of Altai Republic, Ministry of Agriculture, Republican Committee of
                                     Employment, Ongudaiskiy District Administration, Administration of Inya Settlement, NGO “Izhemdi”, and
                                     Directorate of Chui-Oozy Nature Park. The program was broadly covered in the local press including 6 articles and
                                     press releases in the two republican newspapers -“Altaidyn Cholmony” and “Zvezda Altaya”. Two reports about the
                                     program were broadcast by “Gorniy Altai” State Broadcasting Company. To encourage an active participation and
                                     expand the range of alternative livelihoods, the Micro-Loan Program “Sodeistviye” held an international workshop
                                     entitled “Restoring Traditional Felting in Mountain Areas to Develop Modern Crafts and Ensure Biodiversity
                                     Conservation”. The workshop aimed at training local people modern felting techniques and improved process of
                                     cleaning and treating wool and designing products used in Kirgizia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia. Craftspeople
                                     from Kirgizia, Kazakhstan, and Russia were invited to the workshop which was attended by participants from 7
                                     districts of Altai Republic. A total number of 120 people participated in the workshop.

                                     NGO “Izhemdi” implemented an activity entitled “Restoring Traditional Felting in Mountain Areas to Develop
                                    Modern Crafts and Ensure Biodiversity Conservation”. Within this activity NGO “Izhemdi” established a processing
                                    workshop for animal skins. The scope of work included adopting a pricing policy in the best interest of local residents.
                                    A network of suppliers was established and included 42 farms: 14 farms producing traditional sheepskin carpets
                                    (dyurkhan), 11 farms weaving goat fluff, 7 farms making felt products, 3 farms making stone carvings, 1 farm making
                                    traditional costumes, 6 farms making bead embroidery. 8 sewing machines and 4 sets of equipment were purchased
                                    and installed at some workplaces on the farms. Chui-Oozy Nature Park concluded agreements with the farmers for
                                    their participation in conservation activities by the park.

                                       Uch-Enmek Nature Park implemented an activity entitled “Participation”. The implemented scope of work includes
                                       establishment of a small workshop to produce souvenirs, convenience goods (sleds, horse carts, saddles, etc.). The
                                       park also held meetings in four schools located in its territory and reached agreements with children’s clubs of
                                       traditional crafts to cooperate in the workshop production. To ensure sustainability of the project standard contracts
                                       and agreements were developed:
                                       a) among Ongudaiskiy District Department of Education, Uch-Enmek Nature Park, and school administrations. The
                                       agreement aims at expanding the school curricula with classes on convenience goods production (sleds, horse carts,
                                       saddles, etc.) and souvenir production using traditional and modern technologies. The classes will be held on the
                                       workshop premises;
                                       b) among the Karakol village, Uch-Enmek Nature Park, and local residents employed in the workshop;
                                       c) among the Ongudaiskiy District Administration, Korakol village administration, and Uch-Enmek Nature Park. The
                                       agreement defines responsibilities of each party on the workshop operation (equipment, heating, power supply). The
                                       activity is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2009.
Output 7 Development of alternative livelihoods and involvement of local communities in natural resource management.
Activity 7.1 Establish pilot territories of traditional nature use
7.1.1 Develop regulations for          The activity has not been implemented. The main reason has been an absence of stakeholders from among the rural
areas of traditional nature use        communities within the key project area ready to finalize the terms of reference and implement the activity. Meetings
(key project area #4)                  held throughout the year in the Department of National Relationships (RF Ministry of Regional Development) were
                                       aimed at balancing federal and regional interests in the process of developing regulations for areas of traditional
                                       nature use in key project site #4. As part of feasibility studies for the new regulations the Ministry tendered
                                       development of procedures for ethnological evaluation in the areas populated by indigenous peoples. The tender
                                       included mapping of areas of traditional nature use and listing potential land users. The Kemerovo Region
                                       Administration was to fund this work under a state contract. Due to replacements at leading positions in the Ministry,
                                       the activity was not funded in 2008.The departmental meeting which was to bid for regulations development on behalf
                                       of the Ministry was planned for October 20-12 2008, but it never took place. An election campaign for the Legislative
                                       Assembly of Kemerovo Region made the Region Administration reschedule work on the regulations for areas of
                                       traditional nature use until 2009. The Public Chamber of Kemerovo Region established a workgroup for the problems
                                  of indigenous peoples. Together with the Department of Cultural and National Policy and national representative
                                  organizations, it held a meeting on December 13, 2008 and defined the agenda and procedures for the public hearings.
                                  The meeting resolved to include the regulations into the list of issues for public hearings (scheduled for January
                                  2009). It is still a problem to identify stakeholders from among national representative organizations and local
                                  communities of Tashtagolskiy District. To a certain extent it is due to the fact that the issue of traditional nature use
                                  was included into the management plan for Shorskiy National Park developed within the UNDP/GEF Project. At
                                  present the Park Directorate is concluding agreements with local communities. The agreements will establish a
                                  community tenure over the areas of traditional nature use.
Activity 7.2 Develop and implement municipal programmes of non-timber forest products and wildlife use.
7.2.1 Pilot sustainable use of    The activity was rescheduled for 2009 due to a poor quality of applications received from potential subcontractors.
game resources by the local
communities (key project sites ##
3 and 4)
7.2.2 Implement pilot activities  Belukha Nature Park completed an activity entitled “Decrease Poaching in Belukha Nature Park by Developing
on processing non-timber forest   Souvenir Production in Tyungur and Kucherla Villages”. The implemented scope of work includes training young
products in rural communities     people in Kucherla and Tyungur to produce souvenirs from wood, leather, beads, and birch bark using both traditional
(key project sites ## 1, 2 and 4) and new technologies. The training was held on the premises equipped for this occasion. Equipment purchased by the
                                  Project was handed over to the village school in Tyungur. Altai-Info Agency sold first souvenirs produced by the
                                  workshop in its two information centres (at the republic border and at Seminskiy Mountain Crossing) with the
                                  proceeds of 5’000 RUR. The Administration of Ust-Koksa District offered land to construct in Tyungur Village a
                                  visitor centre and a workshop producing souvenirs. Belukha Nature Park developed a design for the visitor centre.

                                    Aarychak Community of Shoriya people is implementing a project entitled “Biodiversity Conservation through
                                    Traditional and Innovative Resource Use Practiced by Shoriya People in Tashtagolskiy District”. The implemented
                                    scope of work includes purchasing bee colonies, establishing 4 apiaries, conducting 2 workshops for bee-keepers in
                                    key project site #4. Mr. Kozlov, a farmer from Kilinsk village, started manufacturing bee hives. For the sustainability
                                    of outputs several agreements were signed including: a) a trilateral agreement among Aarychak community,
                                    Tashtagolskiy District Administration, and Shorskiy National Park for the project implementation within the district,
                                    b) a bilateral agreement between Aarychak community and the Directorate of Shorskiy National Park for the park land
                                    allocation to traditional nature use, development of traditional crafts under a condition of the community participating
                                    in conservation activities of the park. The District Administration assists the activity by conducting regular training
                                    for bee keepers at the District Department of Education and establishing outlets for apiary products within the district.
                                    Project completion is planned for the first quarter of 2009.

                                    The Project entitled “Development of Alternative Livelihoods for the Local Population in Ergaki Nature Park” has
                                    been completed. The implemented scope of work includes agreements signed with Ergaki Nature Park; Mr. A.
                                    Petrushin, a local farmer; Tanzybey Village Administration, and Tanzybey School. Co-funding partners for the
                                    activity constructed a building for souvenir production, purchased equipment, trained young people from Tanzybey
                                    Village on technologies of souvenir production, and supported souvenir production. Different souvenir products are
                                    now sold at the park visitor centre.

Activity 7.3 Support development of ecotourism in selected protected areas.
7.3.1 Conduct training on           Aarychak Community of Shoriya people held a summer camp as part of the activity “Biodiversity Conservation
ecotourism development in PAs      through Traditional and Innovative Nature Use Practiced by Shoriya People in Tashtagolskiy District”. The program
and adjacent territories           of “Karatag” camp including practical studies of ecology, flora and fauna of Gornaya Shoriya, traditional nature use
                                   and livelihoods of Shoriya people.
                                   Orion NGO implemented an activity entitled “Ecotourism in Altai Nature Reserve and Adjacent Territories as the
                                   Main Means of Biodiversity Conservation in the Area”. The scope of work included a number of workshops
                                   conducted among the residents of Ulaganskiy District (Altai Republic) and dedicated to ecotourism development.
                                   NGO Ecological Centre “Zapovedniki” completed its activity entitled “Sustainable Tourism Development in
                                   Protected Areas for the Benefit of Environment Conservation and Local Communities in and around Protected Areas
                                   of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion”. The implemented scope of work includes analysis of future development for tourism
                                   and services in protected areas (mainly in the Sayan Mountains), description of 4 tours in protected areas, design and
                                   development of in the English, German, and Russian languages. The website will enable
                                   protected areas to advertise their tourist resources free of charge.
7.3.2 Pilot tourism development    Otok Community of the Telengit people from Mukhor-Tarkhata Village implemented an activity entitled “South Altai
(key project site #3)              Ring”. The community piloted two guided tours: from Kosh-Agach to Dzhazator to Ukok Plateau and from Kosh-
                                   Agach to Dzhazator to Argut. They established basic tourist infrastructure (a central campsite, sauna, yurts) and
                                   purchased equipment. The following agreements were drafted:
                                   a) among the Administration of Kurai Village, Otok Community of the Telengit people (Mukhor-Tarkhata), and local
                                   farms. The agreement defines responsibilities of the farms to supply farm produce, accommodate tourists at
                                   campsites, provide equipment for “nomadic-style” tours, etc.;
                                    b) between the Administration of Kosh-Agachskiy District and Ukok Nature Park and between the Administration of
                                   Kurai Village and Otok Community. The agreements include training of the local population as tourist guides and
                                   instructors and provision of information support for the tours among visitors;
                                   c) among the Administration of Kurai Village, Otok Community, and Altai-Info Agency. The agreement aims at
                                   making tourist visits sustainable. It includes information support of the tours into areas traditionally used by the
                                   Telengit people, visitor introduction into the rules of conduct within national villages and protected areas.
                                   Altai-Info Agency implemented an activity entitled “Altai: Information for Tourists” through its Ecotourism
                                   Information Centre opened at the border of the Republic. Establishment of the centre was supported by the Ministry of
                                     Nature Resources and Ministry of Tourism of Altai Republic. The centre is expanding the existing network of tourist
                                     information services and is aimed at managing the flows of visitors to Altai Republic, providing tourists with
                                     information about protected areas and World Heritage Sites, and involving local population into tourist services.

                                   The Project Team supported Irbis farm (Inegen) and Otok Community of Telengit people (Mukhor-Tarkhata) in
                                   planning and piloting eco-tours into habitats of the snow leopard (Argut river basin – 5 day trip) and Altai mountain
                                   sheep (Sailyugem Mountain Ridge – 3 day trip). The tours were described and the descriptions circulated for
                                   comments and proposals to improve tourist services and programs. Support has been provided to Irbis farm for
                                   developing ecotourism in the Argut river basin and involving local people into tourist services.
Activity 7.4 Disseminate accumulated knowledge and best practices in the ASER.
7.4.1 Replicate lessons learned on Gorno-Altaisk Botanical Garden has completed an activity entitled “Replicate Lessons Learned on Cultivating Rare
cultivating wild plants (key       and Endangered Medicinal Plants at Nurseries of Irbis Farm”. The botanical garden established processing facilities
project site #2)                   for medicinal plants harvested at nurseries, including a warehouse and a drier. A building was modified for the first
                                   stage of processing and packing. Cooperation agreements were drafted to be signed by the Administration of
                                   Ongudaiskiy District, Uch-Enmek Nature Park, Gorno-Altaiskiy Botanical Garden, Taldu and Irbis farms.
                                   Agreements were also concluded with different farms for the provision of seedlings to schools of Ongudaiskiy
                                   District. Seedlings were distributed among trial nurseries at the village schools of Kulada (Rhaponticum
                                   carthamoides), Karakol (Rhaponticum carthamoides), and Shishikman (creeping thyme, Ziziphora clinopodioides).
                                   Plants collected at Irbis farm (100 kg of the Panceria lanata Pers and creeping thyme) were sold at the warehouse of
                                   Gorno-Altaisk Botanical Garden. Cultivation of rare and endangered medicinal plants was discussed at a workshop
                                   attended by 20 people. The attendants included farmers, school teachers from Ongudaiskiy District and Gorno-
                                   Altaisk, trainers from a Teacher-Training Institute, staff of the Republican Library, and lecturers from Gorno-Altaisk
                                   University. The botanical garden developed and published recommendations for cultivating and sustainable harvesting
                                   of wild medicinal plants in Altai Republic. The recommendations were published in 200 copies and were distributed
                                   among farms and other stakeholders.

                                     The second activity implemented by Gorno-Altaisk Botanical Garden was entitled “Replication of Lessons Learned
                                     on Cultivating Rare and Endangered Medicinal Plants in Nature Parks of Altai Republic for Conservation of Plant
                                     Biodiversity in Altai Mountains”. The activity included two meetings to help establish nurseries in the republic. A
                                     preliminary agreement was reached to establish between three and nine plantations in 2009. Completion of the activity
                                     is planned for the fourth quarter of 2009.

7.4.2 Disseminating lessons          Lessons learned within the Project were disseminated through quarterly and annual newsletters published in the
learned from successful activities   Russian and English languages (see below).
through developing and
publishing the Annual Project
Activity 7.5 Demonstrate community – based tourism development and livelihood improvement
7.5.1 Conduct training on          The activity implemented by NGO Orion was entitled “Ecotourism in Altaiskiy Nature Reserve and Adjacent Area as
ecotourism development in areas an Economic Basis for Biodiversity Conservation in the Key Project Site”. The scope of work included 2 workshops
adjacent to PAs including the      on tourism development held in rural areas. The Green House Program was joined by 6 households from Yailyu
Green House Program (guest         Village located in Altaiskiy Nature Reserve.
houses for tourists)
7.5.2 Pilot development of         Altai-Info Agency has implemented a project entitled “Information Centre for Tourists in Altai Republic”. The
ecotourism in areas adjacent to    implemented scope of work includes collecting information about protected areas of the Republic and their
PAs (key project sites #2,3,4)     environmental conditions; describing trips and tours into the protected areas; concluding an agreement with the
                                   Ministry of Emergencies, an agreement with Belukha Nature Park for the sale of souvenir products; establishing two
                                   information centres – one at the republic boarder and the other at Seminskiy Mountain Crossing. The centres provided
                                   information to visitors of the Republic.
                                   While implementing the activity “Ecotourism in Altaiskiy Nature Reserve and Adjacent Area as an Economic Basis
                                   for Biodiversity Conservation in the Key Project Site”, NGO Orion prepared questionnaires and conducted a public
                                   survey in seven villages (Balykcha, Kebezen, Ust-Pyzha, Biyka, Turochak, Balykty’yul, and Ulagan). The surveys
                                   identified whether local people were willing to become involved into tourist services. Information boards were
                                   manufactured and installed at campsites in Yogach and Artybash settlements. A fair was held as part of the Water
                                   Festival celebrated at Teletskoye Lake. At the fair people trained in traditional crafts by NGO Orion had an
                                   opportunity to present their souvenirs. There NGO Orion conducted workshops on nature based tourism for the
                                   population of Ulaganskiy District. In Yailyu Village efforts were made to renovate the orchard, a local tourist
                                   attraction, as well as improve infrastructure at patrol stations along the banks of the lake and at Yailyu Terrace, and
                                   construct an observation area at Korbu Waterfall. Sustainability of the activity outputs was ensured through
                                   agreements among the Turochakovskiy District Administration, Artybash Settlement Administration, Altaiskiy Nature
                                   Reserve and NGO Orion. It is planned to complete the project in 2009.
                                   Within the activity “South Altai Ring”, Otok Community established infrastructure along the 150 km route for
                                   horseback trips. At km 60 of the route from Kosh-Agach to Dzhazator to Ukok they installed a sauna and a yurt to
                                   accommodate tourists. The subcontractor signed an agreement with local farms for the provision of tours for tourist
                                   groups of up to 15 people. The agreement defines responsibilities of each farm for infrastructure, provision of horses
                                   and farm produce, and production of national souvenirs.
                                   The nature trail established with project support by the Bas community of Shoriya people in Shorskiy National Park
                                   was visited in 2008 by three groups of schoolchildren from Kemerovo Region.
Project Information
Information support of the Project Information support for project activities included:
   − – project website ensured increased awareness among the target audience and support to
     subcontractors of project activities.
   − Circulation of project newsletters among national and regional news agencies (Altai Transboundary, Regnum-
     West and East Siberia, Tuva-Online, Newslab, Amic, Atmosfera);
   − Announcement of the most important events in project implementation at, an official site of
     UNDP CO in Russia;
   − Two short documentaries made during the expedition for monitoring Altai mountain sheep and corral
     protection in Tyva Republic (“Boundless” and “Leopards Are Sated and Goats Are Intact”). The
     documentaries were broadcast by two TV channels in Tyva Republic –Tuva-Inform and State Broadcasting
     Company of Tyva Republic;
   − Tenders and important events on project implementation are regularly announced at, the
     web site of Altai-Sayan Association of Reserves and National Parks, and, the web site of WWF
   − Articles highlighting project activities were published in both regional and specialised press (Tuvinskaya
     Pravda, Priroda Altaya, Zvezda Altaya, Yunniy Geolog, Zapovednye Ostrova, Shyn, Izvestiya, Krasnoyarskiy
     Rabochiy, Rossiyskaya Gazeta- Kuzbass, Listok, Krasnaya Shoriya, Ineka Eco-Bulletin, Stepnoy Bulletin
   − TV reports were regularly broadcast at the following regional channels: Vesti Tyva, Vesti Gorniy Altai, and
     Vesti Khakassia.

   On the whole, in 2008 over 100 articles reported project activities in the regional and national press and at least 40
   reports were broadcast on the regional television;
   − Project activities were reported in quarterly issues of the Live Future of ASE, a project newsletter (issues #1,
       2-3, and 4);
   − The annual issue of the Live Future of ASE for 2007 was prepared, published and distributed in both Russian
       (500 copies) and English (100 copies) languages;
   − Photos were collected about nature and activities of PAs in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion for their subsequent use
       when illustrating hand-outs (folders, booklets, calendars, albums etc.) and making presentations.
Information support and updating of the project site:
   − A new page at the project web site contains all publication made under the Project (www.altai- ). Each publication is available as a summary or a full version which could
       be opened or downloaded. The list of publications is regularly updated;
   − Information on the web site is regularly updated (with news, reports, tender information);
   − From January to December of 2008 on average 300 people visited the web site each week;
  − Two of the site pages, namely About the Project and Project Outputs, were translated into the English
  − Project newsletters are automatically distributed to subscribers at regular periods in both Russian and English
Hand-outs and stationary with the project logo:
  − Pocket calendars were designed, published and distributed among protected areas of the Ecoregion (6 types
      of design ) -6000 copies;
  − The Project Document was prepared for publication and published in the Russian and English languages;
  − An electronic presentation of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion was developed and circulated in the Russian and
      English languages;
  − Wall calendars for 2009 were designed, published, and distributed among project stakeholders and herders in
      Tyva and Altai Republics: “Let’s conserve the snow leopard in our mountains!” -200 copies and “Let’s
      conserve the Altai sheep in our mountains!”-200 copies;
  − 200 pens with the project logo were designed and made;
  − 300 notepads were designed and published with the project logo (6 types of design);
  − 200 folders with the project logo were designed and made;
  − 200 badges were made carrying the logo in both Russian and English languages

Publications by the Outputs:
Conservation of Rare and Endangered Species
   1. A booklet on penalties for poaching in Altai Region, A5, 67 pages, 2000 copies;
   2. A booklet on penalties for poaching in Kemerovo Region (in the Russian and Shoria languages), A5, 67 pages,
       2000 copies;
   3. Wall calendars for 2009: “Let’s conserve the snow leopard in our mountains!” and “Let’s conserve the Altai
       sheep in our mountains!”-200 copies each;
   4. A booklet on corral protection against the snow leopard (in the Russian and Tuvinian languages), 100 copies
       for workshops on insurance of livestock held in Mongun-Taiga and Bai-Taiga Districts (Kozhuns) of Tyva
Environmental Education and Awareness Raising
   1. Visual aids (posters), 5 types of design, A2: “Biodiversity”, “Pesticide Pollution in Altai Region”, “Status of
       Protected Areas in Altai Region”, “Environment Safety in Cities”, “Environment Monitoring” (Altai State
   2. The reference book “Foundations of Ecology, Nature Use, Environment Conservation, and Environmental
       Law”, 200 copies of the book and CD (Altai State University);
   3. The textbook for schools “Travel with Plants in Gornaya Shoriya”, 100 copies (by A. Kupriyanov, Y.
       Manakov, Kemerovo State University);
    4. A reference book for tourist guide training (by I. Zhernosenko) “Following sacred trails of Altai Mountains”
       500 copies of the book and CDs.
    5. The booklet “Argut Nature Park” was published in 200 copies under the project activity “Increased awareness
       of Argut Nature Park among Local People and Tourists”;
    6. Within the activity “Public Support for Belukha Nature Park” implemented by NGO Istoki:
       A) Posters “It’s a wonderful world...”, 4 types of design
       B) Nature Diaries 500 copies
       C) Desktop calendars for 2009- 100 copies
Strengthened and Expanded Protected Area System
    1. Recommendations for establishing regional protected areas (500 copies)
    2. Posters “The Altai-Sayan Ecoregion: Krasnoyarsk Region” (100 copies);
Alternative Livelihoods
    1. Recommendations for cultivating medicinal plants and sustainable wild plant harvesting.

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