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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.

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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
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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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Rafting and fishing tour on the Opala River

Opala River is rich on fish, with all of Kamchatkas salmon species represented, and flows through an uninhabited area. It is situated relatively close to the town Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and surrounded with beautiful landscapes. The river flows through the caldera of the Opala Volcano. There are very high chances to see a Brown Bear. Opala River (length 161 km, surface area 4070 km2) is a large river on the South-Western part of the coast of Kamchatka and plays an important role in the reproduction of the Far-Eastern Salmonides. There are no human settlements along the river banks. Fishing is organised from rafts and river banks. Rafting begins in the middle reach of the river, some 100 km away from the river mouth. The river is 100-200 m wide. The summer temperature of the water is not higher than 5-7C. The rafting goes by two groups of springs: Verkhne-Opal`skie (thermal) and Nizhne-Opal`skie (mineral). One part of the rafting route goes through an old cauldron of the Opala Volcano, 5 km from its slopes. Species that can be observed in Opala River during spawning: King Salmon a few hundred individuals Sockeye Salmon a few thousand individuals Pink Salmon up to 5 million individuals in peak years Chum Salmon more than 55,000 individuals Silver Salmon up to 25,000 individuals There are big numbers of Malma and Rainbow Trout in the river. There is also a small number of sima, Steelhead and East Siberian Char. The spawning sites of the salmon start some 10-12 km from the mouth.

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.

Fishing on the Rivers Fatjanikha and Big Fatjanikha

The rivers Fatjanikha and Big Fatjanikha belong to the Fatyanikha Rivers basin and meet each other in a point situated as far as 70 km from the River Yenisei. The Fatyanikha Rivers basin is located on the right bank of Yenisei approximately in the middle between the mouths of the rivers Nizhnyaya (''Low'') and Podkamennaya Tunguska. Generally, the names Big Fatjanikha and ''Fatjanikha'' do not correctly characterize these rivers. It is clearly visible on a map that Fatyanikha is almost twice deeper and wider than its sister. Near the place of their merge there is a large rapid and then an impressive canyon with whimsical rocky ''poles'', which make the middle and upper reaches of the rivers impassable for motor boats coming from Yenisei. Thus, this canyon protects the rivers from exploitation by local fishermen. The relief of Fatjanikha and Big Fatjanikha Rivers represents the major characteristic features of all big and small rivers of this region. Their valleys can be divided into three geomorphologic sections: Upper course. Vast bogs and small hills form a watershed of the river. The meandering river goes in a boggy channel for several dozen kilometers. This part of the river is good for the perch and pike. In some sections closer to the middle course it is possible to catch all major local fish species in one spot: the Taimen (Hucho taymen), Lenok (Brachmistax lenok), Siberian whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus pidschian), Siberian Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) and pike. It is a specific feature of the Fatyankha River. Middle course. Gradually the speed of the rivers stream increases and we can observe rapids, stony shoals, hirsts and sandbanks. Here it is already possible to fish Siberian whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus pidschian) and Siberian Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) on the rapids. Numerous small tributaries step by step change the character of the river and it gets a normal taiga look. Rhythmical alternation of reaches, rapids and again reaches and rapids allows fishing Taimen (Hucho taymen) and Lenok (Brachmistax lenok). Taimens 8-10 kg are quite common, although the Taimen about 20 kg in weight is a rare trophy. Low course.This section of the river is not so interesting for fishing and is usually not included in our fishing trips (the groups take a helicopter back to Turukhansk from the middle course of the river).
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