EVENT DATE: Jul 15, 2015
Lake Baikal is located in East Siberia, it is the deepest (1637 meters) and the oldest lake in the world - Its age is more than 25 million years, length of Baikal is 636 km, width is 80 km. Square of Baikal's water surface is equal to size of Belgium! Lake Baikal contains 20% of fresh surface water on the Earth. Biodiversity of its flora and fauna is unique, most of the plants and animals found there are endemic (unique species that can be found only there). Baikal natural territory (BPT) is 386.1 thousand. Sq km and is located on the territories of the three subjects of the Russian Federation: the Republic of Buryatia, the Irkutsk Region and the Zabaikal Region. Although Baikal is located in Russia, water catchment area of the lake (Lake Baikal Basin) is more than 500,000 km2 and is located on the territory of the two countries - Russia and Mongolia - including more than 300 rivers and streams. Baikal is world heritage protected by UNESCO
Baikal Lake attracts thousands of people annually who come to see this unique place from all over the world. Tourist inflow has a positive impact on the economic development of the region, but at the same time the ecological situation is increasingly worsening.
The reasons for the problem can be summarised as follows:
• Absence of an efficient and controllable infrastructure for garbage collection and disposal, imperfect legislation in the field of waste treatment and nature protection, impossibility to reveal those guilty in arranging the unsanctioned dumps and to impose respective sanctions on them;
• Negligent treatment of nature, low level of eco-awareness;
• No control over the behaviour of the tourists and the representatives of the hospitability industry;
• Insufficient amount of informational, educational and explanatory materials for the tourists in the designated area;
• People’s negligence of law and overriding of the rules for garbage disposal;
• Harmful activities of private business;
• Insufficient budget;
• Absence of public control;
• Lack of effective administrative supervision, lack of administration stuff.
As a result we can see this:Save Baikal project started 5 years ago by initiative of 2 indifferent people. Our idea was (and still is): If you don't like what is happening around you - don't sit and cry, stand up and do something good to improve the situation with your own hands! And do it smart!
For past years we had long and hard way from volunteers that are far from ecology to high qualification professionals in sphere of nature protection. Our work is 100% civil lead, which sertantly brings as to many opportunities and threats in circumstances of Russian reality.
Today Save Baikal is one of the biggest volunteer civil project in Baikal region.
Since 2011 year more than 40 different events have been held, around 3 000 volunteers taken part and more than 800 tons of garbage collected and removed from Baikal shores! Today our active work territory is more than 150 square km.
"Save Baikal" is aimed at research, development and implementation of effective methods of maintaining the beauty of the shoreline of Lake Baikal, including in the field of waste management in specially protected areas. In the project "SB" included a wide range of organizational, educational and research activities.
Each work season includes block of one-day events and 30-days volunteer camp. Volunteer camp is our special pride! It is called Baikal Shore Service (BBS). During period of BSS we work at Baikal shores as public inspectors, doing clean up, territory ennoblement, education and enlightening, patrol work. We not only inhibit environmental damage but also hold efficient preventing activity.
We work at most hard, popular territories as civil support to administration. We also work at barely reachable areas.
Here at "Save Baikal" we try to clean Baikal lake and reform people's minds in order to save beautiful nature.
Unfourtantly, our project is not supported financially by government. We hope it will change some day, but for now we have to search for commercial sponsors every season as well as taking part at different international contests and grant programms. Each season is a challenge. We are doing great work but we do not show our maximum and do not actualize all the ideas we have.
We hope to gain additional money so we can change that! We would like to establish on-line stream right from our camps during "Baikal shore service" on Baikal in July of 2015. We also would love to improve our web site, translate it to different languages, create nice and interesting interactive web map that would help to establish efficient monitoring of environmental conditions, publish our methodological material so other people could use our experience, create agitation and enlightment materials for hotels, administration and other interested groups, start forest protection and fish reproduction programms! And lots more!
We are also in need of money due to increasing ammount of volunteers and lack of essential supplies. We want to use funded money to give more people chance to join us and to show the world what happends inside our camps and hope to get public attention on ecological issues.
We invite everyone to attened our camp and events. Our movement includes lots of interesting people from various countries and cultures and we always are happy to welcome new members of our growing society. It is a truely unique experience that not only lets you meet new people but also allows you to add your drop to our goal. And when it comes to environment, every drop matters.
On Baikal we are admired by locals and are supported by a variety of Russian and international companies. Sometimes they help us with automobiles or other essential resources. Here is a video made by one of our major partners "UNDP" and "GEF". Check it to understand why we love Baikal so much:
Any question about joining us can be e-mailed to the following adress: email@example.com. Visit our web-site to explore our other projects.
Let's SAVE BAIKAL together!