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Natural Heritage

Natural Heritage
Preserving the natural patrimony is the most inexpensive and efficient environmental economics. The term natural heritage derives from the French "patrimoine naturel", the totality of natural assets, including those of historical, cultural or scenic beauty. It give us understanding the importance of natural environment: where we came from, what we do and how we will be. Our lives are connected to the landscapes of our daily lives, as well as we keep the memories of places we went. The destruction of these landscapes cause irreversible environmental damage, and are an insult to our memory, causing loss of quality of life.


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Sunday, June 14, 2015


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Russian environmental hero Suren Gazaryan wins 2014 Goldman Prize
April 28th, 2014

Suren Gazaryan, a zoologist from the Krasnador region of Russia and a long-time partner of Pacific Environment, is being recognized for his courageous work challenging government corruption and environmental degradation along Russia’s Black Sea coast. Watch Suren’s video profile to find out more about his ground-breaking and courageous work: 

IN EXILE: Suren Gazaryan wins 2014 Goldman Prize

The Last Great Wild:
Growing Environmental Stewardship in Siberia and the Russian Far East

Siberia and the Russian Far East are home to some of the most profoundly beautiful wilderness areas left on earth. Russia's diverse landscapes support incredible biodiversity, including one-fifth of the world's forests, and endangered species such as the Amur leopard, Siberian tiger, and Western Pacific Gray Whale. 

Lake Baikal alone holds 20 percent of the world's unfrozen fresh water, and it is the oldest and deepest lake in the world. In the East, the Kamchatka Peninsula supports the world's densest population of brown bears and its rivers teem with spawning wild Pacific salmon.  

The immense social and political upheaval Russia has experienced in the 1990s put a tremendous strain on the economy, and in response the Russian government approved large-scale natural resource extraction projects across previously untouched areas of the Russian Far East and Siberia. 

Today, Russian and international companies continue to exploit the country's oil, gas, mineral, timber, and marine resources at an alarming pace to capitalize on the high international market value of these goods. 
The people of Siberia and the Russian Far East and their hundreds of indigenous communities have a deep love and respect for their land and beautiful environments, with many relying on local natural resources and biodiversity. 

That is why strong local organizations and communities comprised of proactive and committed citizens are the best stewards of their environment. 

Pacific Environment partners with local groups throughout Siberia and the Russian Far East to create sustainable environments in our shared northern Pacific home.

Pacific Environment

Drawing on local expertise and lessons learned from the past 25 years, Pacific Environment's report, Conservation Investment Strategy for the Russian Far East, establishes a forward-thinking set of priorities to achieve important conservation successes in the Russian Far East and the Arctic in the next decade. 

Over the past two years, Pacific Environment worked with a coalition of conservationists, community members, and foundation program officers to define the best opportunities to protect the natural treasures of the contemporary Russian Far East.  

The resulting report presents the findings in three sections:

1) A discussion of current conditions affecting conservation in the region, including systemic threats, legislation, politics, and international conservation policy.

2) An overview of opportunities for real-world conservation successes in three high value ecosystems in the Russian Far East: ice ecosystems in Chukotka, salmon ecosystems on Sakhalin Island and the Kamchatka Peninsula, and the Amur River basin. 

3) A set of recommended strategic directions and best practices, presented in the form of case studies of past conservation initiatives.  
This report has a wide range of applications. Practitioners will understand the primary conservation priorities in the region, thus enhancing opportunities for cross-organizational cooperation. 

Funders will use the report to identify the most promising projects to protect endangered wildlife and critical ecosystems. 

And people with a general interest in the region will see photos and read stories of a fascinating region and the people who dedicate their lives to protecting it.

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