Ending the year on a high note

2018 did not go as expected. Given global politics, we had anticipated a very difficult year; instead we’ve had one of our most successful years to date. What a great way to celebrate our 20th anniversary!

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As you may recall, last year we expanded our mission to protect landscapes and wildlife and support traditional lifeways and indigenous cultures not only in Russian Altai, but in the 4-nation Greater Altai countries of Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and China, as well as Russia as a whole.

Opening new doors has proven to be a fabulous success! With your generous support and new foundation partnerships, we are currently directly supporting 15 different projects in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia with $265,000 in funding and mentoring an additional 8 collaborations. Here are just a few of the wide (and wild!) range of activities we are supporting:

  • Identifying and protecting black storks and their nesting habitat in Russian Altai
  • Protecting ceremonial spaces, traditional knowledge, and supporting shamans and ceremony in sacred landscapes around Greater Altai, Buryatia, and Mongolia
  • Improving forest management and ending illegal logging and gold-mining in Russian Altai
  • Finalizing a proposal to expand the Golden Mountains of Altai UNESCO World Heritage Site to include Tavan Bogd National Park in Mongolian Altai
  • Sending 5 American ornithologists to participate in a conference focusing on raptor conservation, especially Steppe and Imperial eagles in Russian Altai.

Although the future remains uncertain as politics and other factors change, I am delighted to be able to share all these successes with you. Along with Earth Island Institute, The Altai Project is deeply committed to supporting activists, cultural practitioners, scientists, and community leaders.

I hope you’ll not only stay with us for the adventure, but that you will also show your support.

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