History

Throughout 17+ years of its existence, The Altai Project has constantly refined and adjusted its work to protect nature and strengthen communities in Altai, making changes as the needs of Altai and its people change.

The Altai Project began as a program at Sacred Earth Network in the late 1990s.

In the early years, TAP donated much-needed technology and made small project-based grants to fledgling activists, protected areas’ staff, and NGOs throughout Altai.

In 2004, we narrowed our focus from Russia-wide environmental assistance to concentrate on this one unique region and moved operations to the Center for Safe Energy (also an EII project), where we remained until 2006.

During the mid-2000s, the organization devoted much of its efforts to supporting green-building, energy conservation, and renewable and alternative energy technologies. In January 2007, we became a full-fledged project of Earth Island Institute.

Throughout this time, we have also facilitated international collaborations and participated in campaigns against specific threats to Altai, such as the proposed Altai Gas Pipeline, the now defeated Katun hydroelectric dam, and other destructive resource development projects.

Since 2009, TAP has focused its efforts on snow leopard and raptor conservation and study in Altai Republic (with a special focus on anti-poaching activities), supporting campaigns to reroute the proposed Altai Pipeline away from the Ukok Plateau and promote transparency and rule of law in mining projects, and providing small grants to long-term partners in Altai to support nature conservation and Altaian indigenous lifeways and practices.