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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
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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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.

Rafting down the Siberian Oka river, Buryatia Republic

Siberian Oka is one of two the most powerful rivers in the Eastern Sayans. It flows across virgin taiga forest and lava fields. Excellent fishing (taimen, grayling, lenok, burbot). Mountain area of Oka is called as ''Tibet in miniature''. Trekking tour can be additionally organized Route: Arrive in Irkutsk (5-hrs flight from Moscow) - visit to the Tunkinsky Hollow National Park - transfer to the village of Orlik - rafting down Oka river - transfer to Irkutsk.

Fishing tour in the lake system Agata Severnoe Epekli Nyakshingda

The Eastern mountainous lake systems (Nyakshingda, Agata Verkhnee and Agata Nizhnee) are places of extraordinary beauty bottomless clear mirror-like water surfaces in the surroundings of forested mountains. The main fishing species here are char and grayling. The Epekli lake to the North and its Southern neighbour lake Severnoe, are more diverse on water conditions and organic richness. The fishing here is much more interesting. There is a full sets of the fish species occurring in the region, including large taimen more than 20 kg, large perch more than 1.5 kg, trophy pike more than 20 kg. In 2005 on Severnaya River participants in our tours caught and then released taimens, weighted 32 kg, 22 kg and a lot of other weights from 6-8 kg to 15 kg. There are two ways to access the area via Turukhansk (whish is recommended), or via Igarka.There are two types of tour: Half-stationary visitors spend few days on Epekli Lake (or the upper end of lake Severnoe), then theres a rafting with two overnights in the upper reach of Severnaya River (80 km). Expedition rafting along the following route: lake Agata Verkhnee (or lake Nyakshingda) Agata Nizhnee Severnoe river Severnaya (150 km).
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