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Ever after its foundation in 2001 our Association has been connecting organizations and individuals involved in ecological and tourism field throughout the country. It is dedicated to the national natural, historic and cultural heritage preservation, while developing true senses and wise principles for ecotourism community engagement. The Assosiation is a support base for our members initiatives through the local government, arranging of an economic aid and also as a represetative to any international activities. As a member of The International Ecological Society (TIES) we are proud to be the link to the world of sustainable and responsible tourism development for Russia.

News

08.06.09
Already 1,253 people have put themselves on TIES Ecotourism Explorer Map. By doing so, they are showing that as people and organizations dedicated to responsible travel, they are changing the face of travel & tourism worldwide
23.11.08
The anniversary gathering of children ecological camps of Moscow took place on the 23rd of November
08.10.08
Climate change to devastate or destroy penguin colonies

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Ecotouristm Development in Russia,

Within the next ten years, Russia may have a chance to become one of the worlds most attractive nations for tourism focused on nature and environmental education. Yet less than a decade ago, during ecotourisms first stages of development in Russia, almost no one supported the idea. As recently as 1995 and 1996, many environmental organizations were either uninterested in ecotourism or actively opposed its development in zapovedniks. To the private sector, ecotourism seemed too complex and troublesome, and did not promise exceptional profits. Zapovednik directors, with few exceptions, could not understand why ecotourism was needed at all.

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Tours Guide

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Volcanoes and Bears of Kamchatka

Being a part of the Pacific Rim of Fire, the unique Kamchatka peninsula encompasses 28 active and over 160 dormant volcanoes, as well as more than 200 curative mineral springs. It is home to largest brown bears in Russia, magnificent Stellers sea eagles and six species of salmon. In summer and autumn, fast running Kamchatka rivers are boiling with hundreds of thousand salmon moving to their spawning grounds. This tour combines visiting the most well known volcanoes of Kamchatka and learning about traditional way of life of local indigenous people. Several days during the trip will be devoted to moderate hiking across rugged volcanic terrain and ascending volcanic craters (the hiking distances are up to 20 kilometers or 12 miles per day).

Fishing tour on the lake and river Vivi

The modern geographical center of Russia is situated in one of the remotest and difficult in access areas of Russia at the bottom of the Putoran Plateau, on the bank of the picturesque mountain lake Vivi. The helicopter (MI-8) flight to the Lake Vivi from the settlement of Turukhansk, one of the district centers of Krasnoyarsk Region, takes two hours. The length of the Lake Vivi is 130 km, the width 5 km, and the depth more than 200 meters. At a distance of about 8 km from the fishermen camp on the Lake Vivi, there is a source of the unique Vivi River, flowing out of the lake to the southeast in a wide valley. Vivi is one of the largest tributaries of Podkamennya (Stony) Tunguska River. Unlike the other rivers in this region, it its upper course Vivi has calm current and looks like a typical floodland river. The first large rapids are situated 100 km downstream from the lake. This is an excellent place for fishing typical taiga species: Taimen (Hucho taymen), Siberian Grayling (Thymallus arcticus), Siberian whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus pidschian). Lenok (Brachmistax lenok) is relatively rare in Vivi river, but abounds in its tributaries. The Vivi River is one of few places in Siberia where very large Taimens still can be caught. The size of some Taimen individuals reaches up to 30 kg and more (the biggest record taimen caught in 2004 had 34 kg in weight). Except for salmonids, the river is inhabited by pike (up to 10 kg) and perch (up to 1,5 kg). This pristine area is absolutely not populated (only one family lives on the lake). Rare birds of prey, such as the Osprey, Golden Eagle, White-Tailed Sea Eagle, and Gyrfalcon, are well preserved here. This is a home to the Forest Reindeer, Bighorn (Snow) Sheep, Wolf, and Brown Bear. The forest-tundra and northern light lurch forests on the permafrost present the basic landscape.
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Spring Birdwatching Tour in Baikal

This 15-days trip acquaints you with the major key areas for the autumnal bird migration: unique area in the extreme south of Baikal, Selenga River Delta, Zabaikal'sky National Park, and Borgoi Kotlovina
Financial Support of the League of Nation's Health.