Protecting the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Eastern Europe and Eurasia
To protect natural landscapes and wildlife and support Indigenous peoples and traditional lifeways in and around Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
Supporting frontline defenders in addressing environmental and human rights issues, including poaching, illegal logging, gold mining
Protecting rich biological diversity through wildlife research and conservation programs and promoting effective protected areas management (including sacred sites)
Serving as an ally and sponsor of indigenous-led initiatives relating to traditional knowledge, Indigenous rights, sacred lands, and traditional natural resource use
On 5 July 2023, the Russian prosecutor general’s office declared The Altai Project an “undesirable organization”. It is the 93rd foreign organization to receive this badge of honor for meaningful and effective support of Russian civil society.
“The Russian Prosecutor’s office distorts and misrepresents legitimate community-led conservation efforts organized by local activists in Russian Altai,” said The Altai Project director Jennifer Castner. “Their specious accusations are focused on events that occurred between 2006-2018. In making this announcement, the Russian government is only harming its own citizens – people who are working to protect their right to a clean and healthy environment.”