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Day of Russian Science in Ulan-Ude: HD Documentary "Baikal without boundaries" presentation

A presentation of HD film "Baikal without boundaries was held in Baikal Institute of Nature Management on 07 Feb 2014. Representatives of The Ministry of Natural Resources of Buryatia, The Ministry of Culture of Buryatia, Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage, Buryat Scientific Center, Buryat Academician institutions, local NGOs and Reserves were invited to run-through of the film.

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Baikal Informational Center Workshop

05 February 2014 Ulan-Ude, Russia

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Feb 05, 2014 03:40 PM to
Jan 09, 2015 03:40 PM

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Ulan-Ude, Russia

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Baikal Informational Center (BIC) Workshop was held in Ulan-Ude, Buryatia. Representatives of "Orkhon Golyn Sav Gazryn" organization and Baikal Institute of Nature Management (BINM), which both were contracted as the executors of BIC maintenance service met each other in BINM Laboratory of Geoinformational systems. They agreed the structure of BIC and discussed many work issues to continue cooperation.

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The documentary “BAIKAL WITHOUT BOUNDARIES”

The Project Atlas of Culture

The documentary “Baikal without boundaries” was completed. The geographical scope of the movie is the whole Baikal Lake basin that extends for two countries, Russia and Mongolia, and encompasses waste territories with rivers bringing waters to the lake. The Baikal Lake Basin is home to several architectural and natural landmarks, as well as rare scientific artifacts. The main message of the documentary is to make the global community aware of the problems that the Baikal Lake Basin is facing and the need to preserve it as a unique natural, ecological and social and cultural phenomenon.

Full version Russian - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxggbWjUGOA

Festival Version English -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxtzDHy6Fb8

Festival Version Russian - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOpMfuJb6OA

 

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2013 Shoreline clean-up campaigns in Mongolia

Sayan Zone NGO

The project continued support of cleanup works around the Lake Khobsogul and 2013 clean-up campaign work was implemented in cooperation with Sayan Zone Nature conservation Community Association NGO (Soyony Bus NUTBB). The training “Recycling our wastes” was attended by over 400 school learners and other local citizens. Over 1000 brochures “How to recycle the waste” were handled to the local people. The day of 04 October 2013 was announced as the clean-up campaign day by the Khatgal soum Governor decree. Citizens of the village and government and non-government organizations were involved and gathered the solid wastes around the Khobsogul Lake.

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2013 Shoreline clean-up campaigns in Russia

The project "Save Baikal"

The following Baikal shoreline clean-up campaigns were suported by the Project:

-          "Pure Ice Lake Baikal in 2013" on 6 April 2013 in the Holodnyanka;

-          Baikal shoreline volunteer group camp from 15 July 2013 to 5 August 2013 in the Cape Nameless, Baikal regions, the Republic of Buryatia;

-          "Clean river Selenga" in Ulan-Ude On 5 August 2013;

-          "Clean Olkhon Island” on 14-15 September 2013.

In total, 30 kilometers of shoreline were maintained by volunteers on a daily basis. More than 2000 bags of 120 liters of sorted waste were collected and removed.

035 - Shoreline cleanup.pdf

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Ecological Atlas of the Baikal Basin

Institute of Geography SB RAS, Irkutsk, Russia Institute of Geography, MAS, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The Atlas contains more than 100 maps with scale 1: 5 000000, also maps of separate regions of Baikal basin and maps of water area of Baikal basin with larger scale. Maps and other materials of the Atlas are divided into sections:

  • · Natural conditions of formation of the environmental situation in Baikal basin.
  • · Anthropogenic factors of formation of the environmental situation in Baikal basin.
  • · The environmental situation and transformation of environment in Baikal basin
  • · Medico-ecological situation;
  • · Environmental protection and environmental management

The service was started in 2013 and will be finished in 2014. In 2013 year 123 maps were developed and agreed with Russian and Mongolian subcontractors. In 2014 map’s translation into English and Mongolian will be finished.

PDF document icon 048 - BIC Ecological Atlas Russia (preliminary).pdf

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Baikal Information Center (BIC)

Baikal Institute of Nature Management, Russia Orkhon River Basin Council, NGO, Mongolia

This activity started in 2013 and will continue in 2014. In 2013 the following results were delivered:

  • BIC web portal was launched.
  • Information support for the BIC web portal was provided in English, Russian and Mongolian.
  • GIS hardware was purchased for both countries.
  • BIC information data exchange protocol for Mongolia based on  conception and informational structure of BIC was developed;
  • Protocol was distributed between stakeholders and approved;
  • Endorsement letters from relevant stakeholders were received;
  • Based on approved data exchange protocol basin data were collected and uploaded into BIC portal.

In 2014 this activity is expected to deliver the following results:

  • Continuation of the BIC web portal maintenance.
  • Purchasing of GIS software (ArcView).
  • Development the structure of a biennial report on the state of the environment of the Baikal Basin for 2012-2013 years (BBBR) jointly with the Russian and Mongolian.
  • Preparation of 2012-2013 BBBR in English, Russian and Mongolian.
  • Publication of 2012-2013 BBBR in English, Russian and Mongolian.

 

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Award for the Outstanding Professional in the Tourism Industry

The competition "Best in Tourism Profession" was organized in Buryatiya Republic. Some reputable representatives from the tourism industry participated in the competition. The main purpose was to improve the quality of tourism services and to increase the prestige of labor and motivation of employees in travel sector in the Republic. The competition was organized by Tourism Agency of Buryatia with the participation of the Committee on Industry, Consumer Market and Tourism Administration, Ulan-Ude, the East-Siberian State Academy of Culture and Arts, and the UNDP-GEF Project "Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Baikal Basin Transboundary Ecosystem". The Baikal Project awarded "The best tour guide in the field of eco-tourism" to ELENA Myasnikova.

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Award for the Mongolian University Students

On 21.03.2013 the Baikal Project supported “AKHA” Mongolian TV program while celebrating the World Water Day. The objective of this program was an introduction of water sector’s operation for the public and informing about water resources and water use, water saving methods. This event was organized by Ministry of Environment and green development, National Water Committee and Tuul River Basin Authority. 87 students from Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Mongolian National University and Institute of Agriculture took part in this event. The first prize was a certificate for participation in the International scientific conference “Baikal-strategic water resources of the Earth in 21st century” in Ulan-Ude, Russia (8-12 July 2013).

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EUROPARC integration support

In 2013 the Project supported Baikal Region protected areas efforts to join EUROPARC association.  The representatives of Baikal State Nature Biosphere Reserve and Zabaikalski Protected Area took part in EUROPARC Annual Conference 2013. This trip was organized by the Baikal Project for developing Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas and involvement of Russian protected areas into EUROPARC network. The conference was hosted by the Hortobágy National Park and took place in Debrecen, Hungary and the Hortobágy National Park from October 9 - 13, 2013. During the conference Baikal State Nature Biosphere Reserve signed the memorandum of association.

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Creation of a biodiversity compatible tourism plan with a route to the seasonal haul for the Baikal seal on the island Tonkii (Ushkanyi Islands), Zabaikalski National Park, Buriatiya, Russia

FSBI “Zapovednoe Podlemorye”

The following results under this activity were delivered:

  • • Performance of reconnaissance of the ecological trail.
  • • Development of the concept of the ecological path "to the Baikal seal rookery".
  • • Development of conceptual designs observation deck, pergolas, decking and stairs.
  • • Preparation of construction documents of improving the eco-trail.
  • • Improvement of the ecological trail "to the Baikal seal rookery" and the observation deck to the island Tonkii (Ushkany Islands).
  • • Development and production of informative signs.
  • • Development of plan for tourist visiting the Baikal seal rookeries on the island Tonkii.
  • • Development and publication of information materials for the tourist plan.

In 2013 the ecological trail "to the Baikal seal rookery" was constructed. The observation deck and a plan for tourist visiting will be finished in 2014.

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Biodiversity compatible recreational tourism plan for Zabaikalsky National Park

Irkutsk State Technical University, Irkutsk, Russia
  • · The territory of Zabaikalsky National Park according to new revision of Russian Protected Areas Law was zoned.
  • · Contemporary methods of reduction tourism influence on protected areas were studied;
  • · Conceptual paper for recreational using of protected areas in Zabaikalsky National Park was developed.
  • · Feasibility study of impacts of tourism on different ecosystems of Zabaikalsky National Park (protected area, buffer zone, transport corridors) was contacted.
  • · The biodiversity compatible tourism plan (taking into account the permissible loads) for Zabaikalsky National Park was developed for institutional framework and informational structure.
  • · The learning workshop for staff of Baikal Basin Protected Areas (Baikalsky, Baikalo-Lensky, Barguzinsky, Zabaikalsky, Dzherginsky) was organized.

 

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    Setting up the model of pollutants transport and water balance in the Baikal Basin

    Faculty of Geography of Moscow State University, Russia

    Using developed in 2012 database for modeling and simulation of pollutants transport in the Selenga Basin this activity service is expected to deliver the following results during 2013 and 2014:

    • Description and working complex of modeling system, including mathematical model based on packet HEC-RAS of the Tuul river’s and the Orkhon river’s channels (lower than junction with Tuul river) till junction with Selenga, the Dzhida river till junction with Selenga, and expert-analytical system of Selenga (basing on delution equation).
    • WEAP-based model of water balance of the Lake Baikal basin.
    • Results of space spreading of pollutants’ characteristics in weighted and dissolved form of burden of river drift (turbidity, heavy metals, tracers) under different nature-anthropogenic conditions (maps, graphics, tables).
    • Estimation of characteristics of water drift stocks and dissolved substances for different hydrological conditions.
    • Forecast modeling of volume of accumulated material in river channel and in floodplain along the length of river systems; estimation of geochemical barriers.

    In 2013 a description of expert-analytical system of chemical element transfer down the Selenga River (based on WEAP and HEC-RAS) and a report on water balance of the Selenga River Basin were developed.

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    A training for raising awareness and improvement in management of stakeholders in Persistent Toxic Substances (PTS) and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Mongolia

    Bayarjargal Munkhuu,

    On 04.10.2013 the training workshop was organized at the Fresh Water Resource and Nature Conservation Center in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and was headed by Dr.L.Jargalsaikhan, the chair of the National Chemicals Management Council in Mongolia. Totally 36 participants took part in workshop including 6 persons from 4 provinces which belong to the Baikal Basin. A POPs/PTS training brochure for the purpose to increase public awareness was prepared. It contains 54 pages and was published in 100 copies in Mongolian for participants of training workshop and other interested persons.

    Download a POPs/PTS study guide in Mongolian

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    POPs study guide and trainings

    Center of International Projects and Bayarjargal Munkhuu, Russia, Mongolia

    Training for rising awareness and improvement in management of stakeholders in Persistent Toxic Substances (PTS) and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) was held. It was a part of enhanced hot spot review under Output 1.4 the Project Management Unit (PMU) concentrated attention of the Baikal Basin environment supervision organizations and other stakeholders upon problems of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Persistent Toxic Substances (PTSs) as one of the considerable and dangerous threats to the Basin ecosystem. Training seminars in Buryatia and Mongolia in order to raise awareness of specialists of environment supervision state bodies and other stakeholders in question of POP/PTS problems, consequences of their impact on environment were held. A study guide in Russian and Mongolian considering the Baikal Basin POP and PTS data, including their production, use in industry and agriculture, as well as data about abandoned warehouses with expired pesticides and etc., was developed.

    Download a POPs/PTS study guide in Russian

    Download a POPs/PTS study guide in Mongolian

    Download report on Workshop POPs

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    The training workshop for stakeholders ’’Awareness rising and management improvement in the field of environmental problems of Lake Baikal Basin and the role of green economy in their solving’’

    Baikal Institute of Nature Management SB RAS, Ulan-Ude, Russia

    The seminar “Environmental problems of Lake Baikal Basin and role of green economy in their solving” was held on July 30 – August 02, 2013 in Istomino, Russia. Basin-specific National Capacity Self -Assessments were carried out and used to identify highest priority training and management support at the regional and basin level. This seminar was organized and supported by the Baikal Project for specialists of Ministry of Natural Resources of Buryatia and Ministry of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia. It helped to develop practical recommendations for consolidation of state, society and business efforts for mutual solving of ecological problems and rising of ecological security of nature resources use.

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    Training assessment (Russia)

    Danilova Z.A., Russia
    • · Short review of “self-assessment” methodology was prepared.
    • · Guidance for self-assessments was developed and harmonized with Mongolian training expert.
    • · Training needs assessment (TNA) methodology for countries stakeholders experts was provided based on project document requirements;
    • · Monitoring and evaluation system for supply chain development training was developed;
    • · Training needs assessment (TNA) for stakeholders was conducted, based on project document requirements;
    • · Participants and the institutes and consultants to carry out training program were identified.
    • · a Country Training Master Plan was prepared;
    • · Possible venues for overseas study tour/training/workshop/seminar and in making contacts with identified institutions in preparation for the overseas training activities were identified;
    • · Training workshops for persons carrying out self-assessments was prepared and held;
    • · Monitoring and evaluation system for supply chain development training was suggested;

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      Training assessment (Mongolia)

      SOLONGO Tsevegmid, Mongolia
      • · Short review of “self-assessment” methodology was prepared.
      • · Guidance for self-assessments was developed and harmonized with Russian training expert.
      • · Training needs assessment (TNA) methodology for countries stakeholders experts was provided based on project document requirements;
      • · Monitoring and evaluation system for supply chain development training was developed;
      • · Training needs assessment (TNA) for stakeholders was conducted, based on project document requirements;
      • · Participants and the institutes and consultants to carry out training program were identified.
      • · a Country Training Master Plan was prepared;
      • · Possible venues for overseas study tour/training/workshop/seminar and in making contacts with identified institutions in preparation for the overseas training activities were identified;
      • · Training workshops for persons carrying out self-assessments was prepared and held;
      • · Monitoring and evaluation system for supply chain development training was suggested;

       

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        Institutional Strengthening for IWRM

        In 2013 the Project supported existing institutional transboundary structures...

        In 2013 the Project supported existing institutional transboundary structures (the institute of Plenipotentiaries and their working groups) formed by 1995 bilateral agreement “Protection and Use of Transboundary Waters". Additionally the concept paper and the road map for the process of developing and enhancing the legal and institutional framework of bilateral transboundary water cooperation were developed.

        The concept paper and the road map were presented on different levels particularly on the Second Steering Committee Meeting, in the Russian State Duma, Mongolia government, Buryatia government and different workshops and conferences.

        According to decision of the Steering Committee a draft of revised bilateral agreement on transboundary water cooperation, including a new institutional structure was developed. In 2014 consultations with key stakeholders will be conducted in both countries on the substantive content of the draft of revised bilateral agreement and if necessary a legal advice will be provided and bilateral consultations between the parties on the new draft agreement will be facilitated.

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        Orkhon/Selenga sub-basin watershed management plan (Mongolia)

        Mongolia Water Forum-ushelts

        The IWRM plan for the Orkhon River basin was prepared in the framework of the “Strengthening IWRM in Mongolia” project in 2012. From 2013 this plan is under implementation of Orkhon River Basin Administration. The content and activities of Orkhon River IWRM Plan were updated. Several recommendations were provided such as a combining of Yeruu, Kharaa, Tuul into Orkhon River IWRM Plan.

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