Environmental education and outreach 2007
Fighting for the Minds II: strengthening tiger conservation in Primorye, Russian Far East in 2007
Primorye in the South of the Russian Far East represents the only area in the world where both Siberian / Amur tigers and leopards still exist in the wild. In spite of a relative stabilization of the tiger numbers, the striped predators still face many threats: they are being poached for their pelts; human encroachment, habitat destruction, and prey depletion drive tigers to human settlements and endanger lives of both man and tiger. To strengthen conservation of the Amur tigers, their habitat and prey and ensure long-term survival of the tigers in Primorye, Russian Far East, this Phoenix Fund project focuses on environmental education and outreach of the local people.
Specifically in 2007 this project supported:
- Two tiger eco-centres in Partizansk and Luchegorsk cities, northern – central Primorye;
- Tiger Day Festivals in four cities of Primorye: Vladivostok, Luchegorsk, and Novopokrovka and one new city in central Primorye – Partizansk city;
- Environmental education activities in Partizansky district of Primorye;
- Children’s art contests devoted to Amur tiger;
- Ecological education and outreach activities in Primorye;
- Publication of calendars with tiger paintings by schoolchildren;
- “Journalists for Tiger Conservation” Contest.
Saving the Amur tiger depends ultimately on the Russian people, especially those living within the tiger habitat. This requires involvement of the public, which can be achieved through continuous ecological education and outreach activities in the region.