The Altai Project’s mission is to protect nature and strengthen communities in Russia’s Altai Republic. Our goals are:

  • Biodiversity conservation and wildlife protection – Read more…
  • Supporting indigenous organizations in their efforts to restore and protect their traditional lands, lifeways, and languages – Read more…
  • Promoting renewable energy and environmentally sustainable design – Read more…
Road to Ukok. Photo by J. Castner.

Connecting to Ukok

Ukok is unlike any other place in the world…pristine, magical, and spectacular.

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A Space for Artists and Entrepreneurs

One of the biggest challenges for artists in remote villages is being isolated from other artists, and the Center for Folk Arts and Crafts provides that connectivity necessary for business and creative success.

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On Our Mind in April

According to Altai Republic government sources, tourism is predicted to increase by 10-12% this year over last year in the region.


An Important Film and Message

Our friends at Sacred Land Film Project, another Earth Island Institute project, are thrilled to announce the broadcast of this award-winning 4-film series.

Climbing up above the lake (photo by A. Rhodes)

Three Men Making a Difference

Sergei Spitsyn, Mergen Markov, and Danil Mamyev are wonderful examples of perseverance in the face of tremendous challenge.