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The Wildlife Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit organization was founded in 1993 by a small group of Russian ecologists and environmentalists to protect forests and biodiversity. Since that time, the Wildlife Foundation has become internationally prominent in the arena of nature protection. In December 1993, the Wildlife Foundation became an honorable member of the Wildlife Society.

The main objective of the Wildlife Foundation is the preservation of the Russian Far East's unique biodiversity. The Foundation works to protect rare and endangered species such as the amur tiger (Siberian tiger).

All activities of the Wildlife Foundation are directed to fulfillment of environmental conservation issues. The Wildlife Foundation and its partners have created the Bolonsky Nature reserve, Chukensky, Mataisky, Pikhtsa, Birsky and Mopau Wildlife Refuges, landscape nature monuments as “Tigrovy Dom”, “Anui”, “Topty”, “Ioli”, 3 ecological corridors – “Strelnikov”, “Khutinsky”, “Nelminsky”. Total area of created protected territories in Khabarovsk region is about 200,000 hectares.

The Wildlife Foundation has been working with indigenous peoples and government officials to protect traditional land use in forested regions.

The Wildlife Foundation has been working much with the young generation of indigenous peoples in order to revive the attitude to the Amur tiger as to a major element of spiritual culture and the object of strict conservation. The Wildlife Foundation has constantly conducted exhibitions of children's drawings and placards devoted to the Amur tiger conservation.

The Wildlife Foundation has been appointed to an Oversight Committee of the World Bank by the Governor of Khabarovsk region. As the only NGO appointed to the Oversight Committee, it has a unique opportunity to monitor documents and project proposals, to encourage the Government of Khabarovskii krai and local timber companies become more transparent in timber policies.

The Wildlife Foundation has published a number of brochures and environmental literature devoted to nature conservation: “Pearl of the Ussury taiga is the Amur tiger”, "The Amur tiger", “Our protected territories”, Monitoring of the amur tiger”, “Tiger in fire ring”, “Main cat of the Earth”, “Plants of cedar-broad-leaves forests of Sikhote-Alin” and others which are used in environmental education and public awareness. Together with the scientists of Khabarovskii krai the Wildlife Foundation has published the Red Data Book on rare and endangered species of Khabarovskii krai, which is an official document on biodiversity conservation.

The Wildlife Foundation has developed Geographical Information Systems (GIS) on specially protected territories and territories for traditional nature use.

The Foundation has created a database of the Russian Far Eastern non-governmental conservation organizations, which is very useful for newly organized NGOs.

The Wildlife Foundation has participated in the creation of the Forest Museum in Khabarovskii krai, which serves as an environmental educational center for teachers, schoolchildren and forest employees.

The Wildlife Foundation has conducted a number of international conferences, symposiums and meetings on the Amur tiger, forests and biodiversity conservation, for NGOs and government environmental protection officials. International meetings and conferences help to improve regional and national environmental policies and strategies in forest and biodiversity conservation, rare and endangered species such as the Amur tiger.

In 2001 the Wildlife Foundation has received grant from Global Environmental Facility (GEF) to implement the Project “Establishment of the Protected Areas Network for Sikhote-Alin Mountain Forest Ecosystems Conservation in Khabarovsk Krai, the Russian Federation” that will allow financial assistance in establishing integrated special protected areas system in the South of Khabarovsk Krai within the Sikhote-Alin range.

The Project will provide establishment of several new special protected areas and implementation of more effective methods to manage the existing protected areas, as well as their additional technical support. The Project will ensure conservation of highly endangered mountain forest ecosystems, which are habitats of the Amur tiger and other rare and nearly vanishing species.

While the project is being implemented, an integrated special protected areas system in the ecoregion will be developed, ecological and sociological surveys will be completed, final project results concerning ecosystem conservation and intensifying the support of public nature protection activities will be estimated and evaluated.

The Wildlife Foundation cooperates with many Russian and foreign partners, using electronic mail as a principal means of communication. Primary groups with which the Wildlife Foundation cooperates include the Siberian Forests Protection Project of the Pacific Environment and Resources Center (USA), ISAR (USA), World Wildlife Fund, the Sacred Earth Network (USA), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Save the Tiger Fund, Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund, Friends of the Earth of Japan (Japan), World Learning Center (USA), GEF, the World Bank, 21 Century Tiger, the Socio-Ecological Union (Russia), the Biodiversity Conservation Center (Russia), Zov Taigi (Russia), the Far Eastern Association of Nature Reserves (Russia) and others.

In 2004 in the Wildlife Foundation's projects participated more than 90 scientists and specialists from different scientific-research and nature conservation organizations and nature reserves. The Foundation has fulfilled about 60 environmental projects for the whole period of its existance.

Contact us:

19, Shabadina str., 402 office, Khabarovsk, 680013, Russia

Tel./fax: (4212) 32-81-24, 32-52-66

e-mail: wildlife@wf.khabarovsk.su , ecoinform@ecoinfo.khv.ru

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