Archive | June, 2014

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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 two snow leopards in the Argut River basin 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 […]

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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 […]