Support for Udege National Park 2010
This project is fully-funded by Kolmarden Fundraising Foundation.
In 2009, Phoenix began supporting the federal-level Udege Legend National Park as part of the funding through the Western Wildlfe Managers Team. Emergency funds were also provided to this region afer it was badly hit by heavy snow falls in early 2009. This year support continues through this new project.
The 88,600 ha national park was created in June 2007 in the north-east of Primorye with the purpose of conserving the practically virgin taiga forests, and the unique lifestyle and culture of the Udege people, local aborigines few in number. A census conducted in the Udege Legend National Park showed that there are at least seven tigers (including three females, one of them with two cubs) more or less permanently residing in the Park itself or migrating to and from the adjacent areas.
This project aims to strengthen anti-poaching and habitat protection activities in Udege Legend National Park through conducting regular patrols, supplying rangers with fuel and spare parts as the Federal Government does not yet allocate enough funds for the Park to work in full force and in the most efficient way.
This is a fully funded project.
The inspectors conducted regular patrols to prevent poaching and fires and reacted promptly to any related intelligence. They also helped resolve predator-human conflicts and emergencies (people disappeared in Taiga, first aid etc) and had explanatory talks with the local communities. The teams patrolled the Park on a daily basis by vehicle, boat and on foot. They checked visitors and stopped illegal woodcutting. In 2010, with the help from the Kolmarden Fund Raising Foundation and 21st Century Tiger, a snowmobile was purchased for law enforcement inspectors to patrol the area after major snowfalls, conduct winter animal surveys and organize rescue operations to save ungulates stuck in snowdrifts. Within the framework of the project, the anti-poaching brigades of the Park were provided with fuel for patrols and spare parts for their vehicles.
Anti-poaching data for 2010 show that there has been a reduction in violations revealed in the Park compared with 2009. How can Phoenix explain this change?
When the Park's guardians began patrolling the areas in 2008 they met a lot of local residents who disobeyed hunting and fishing laws and most of them had never heard about the establishment of this new protected area. Law enforcement officers initially spent a lot of their time explaining the new rules to holidaymakers and tourists whilst issuing warning notices for trespassing or wearing firearms. Local people are now much better informed about the Park and protection division that ensures strict protection of natural resources.