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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…

From Poacher to Protector

In 2010, Sergei Spitsyn, director of Arkhar NGO and a senior scientist at Altaisky State Nature Reserve, pinpointed the locations of Argut’s two snow leopards via sign survey and camera-trapping. In 2013, with Sergei’s leadership and expertise, The Altai Project began a radical initiative to identify and engage poachers in snow leopard conservation. Snow leopards […]

Mining is risky business in Altai

Mining for gold, copper, and other metals in Altai is on the rise due to rising commodity prices, interest from Chinese investors and international mining companies, and scarce availability. Most of Altai’s metal and mineral deposits are relatively modest in size. Where is mining occurring? Alluvial gold has been placer mined since ancient times in […]

Altaian Raptors in Action

Here are some images of Altai’s many different raptor species and a few other special appearances.