Save Baikal

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Организаторы, гражданские активисты, развивают и продвигают социально-значимые и экологические проекты и идеи. Шестой год проект «Сохраним Байкал» (СБ) продолжает природоохранную, исследовательскую, экологическую и организационную деятельность на берегах озера. Инициатива по охране природы выступает с предложениями, направленными на облегчение нынешней сложной экологической ситуации путём продвижения и внедрения систем общественного мониторинга и контроля, раздельного сбора и переработки отходов, а также устраивая различные просветительские и образовательные мероприятия, акции по очистке территорий и работы по ликвидации прошлого экологического ущерба. 

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The Ice-Bound Island: Winter Volunteering
If you want to not only visit Baikal, but also engage in some useful activity, and you cannot do this during the summer holidays, then you winter is waiting for you!
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Snezhinskiy Game Reserve: an Untouched Place of Transbaikalia
In 1976 the regional game manager Ivan Sizov established the Snezhinskiy State Game Reserve on the territory of Zakamensky District.
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Let’s Make It Happen: How to Become a Volunteer at Lake Baikal
Far from everybody knew what volunteering was ten years ago. Today the word “volunteer” is understood by almost everyone; 2018 has been officially declared the Year of Volunteers; more and more people are ready to render their help free of charge, participating in volunteer projects.
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Question 7: Is the regulation of the Baikal water level needed only for the operation of the HPP?
This is the answer to the most frequent question arising in connection with the regulation of the water level of Lake Baikal.
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Do not Fire at Ringed Seals
The beginning of the year was marked by a huge environmental scandal. One of the tour operators of Irkutsk offered an unusual service: hunting Baikal ringed seals.
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Ecological Features of Lake Baikal, or Why Waste Is not Always a Bad Thing
We will tell about the way the environmental entrepreneurs of Lake Baikal use the things threatening the environment of the lake for the benefit.
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A Frank Talk about Lake Baikal or Who the Baikal Aliens Are
A film about the malignant alga has been shot.
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Enkhaluksky Game Reserve is a Model of Man’s Careful Attitude to Wild Nature
The works on the preservation and restoration of populations of game animals and rare birds has never stopped on the territory of the Enkhaluksky Game Reserve during more than 20 years.
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Bighorn Sheep, Snow Leopard and Manul Cat: How the Rare Animals of Baikal Are Protected
...and why it is so important for an ecosystem of the lake.
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“Frolikhinsky” Game Reserve: the Most Picturesque of All Reserves
Baikal and its almost entire coast constitute a specially protected natural area, one of the types of such areas is a game reserve. A game reserve is a territory of special importance for the preservation or restoration of natural complexes or their components and for keeping the ecological balance. This areas serve to protect certain species of flora, fauna, natural objects...
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“A Scout is a Nature’s Friend”: How Baikal Became the Venue of the First Scouts’ Camp in Russia
The author of “Key to Baikal” has written about the way how Baikal became the favorite summer ground of scouts in Russia and about how to protect the lake, as well as about the territories that were primarily conceived as the scouts’ ground already 100 years ago.
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Positive Changes: "Only One Fire in the National Park"
“The spring has passed, the summer has come; forests are burning somewhere again”. This simple Russian childish poem precisely describes the situation with forest fires that occurs in the Baikal region every year. What to expect this year, how the elements are monitored, supervised and controlled, - all this was told to “Key to Baikal” by Mikhail Yablokov, the Director of the “Reserved Baikal” FSBI that united the Baikal-Lena Reserve and the Pribaikalsky National Park.
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Unite in Order to Become More Efficient: What the “Friends of Baikal” Will Be Engaged in
In April Irkutsk hosted the first open meeting of the “Friends of Baikal” Association which will unite everyone who is not indifferent to the problems of Lake Baikal.
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Spirogyra: What This Is and Why It Threatens Lake Baikal
“Spirogyra is killing Baikal!”, “An ecological disaster is approaching!”, “Baikal is in deadly danger!” – there are a lot of similar headings on the pages of hundreds of newspapers and websites. If we do not take any measures, the humanity will face a real ecological disaster.
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Environmental problems of the Baikal: not by Spirogyra alone
Lake Baikal is not just a lake, but complex ecosystem. It contains the lake and its water-producing pond as well as organisms living in it. Let’s consider the main problems of ecosystem.
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Culture and Sports under the Slogan of Lake Baikal
Social movements and public initiatives have been launched on behalf of Lake Baikal for many years .The lake has become a symbol for charity events and campaigns that benefit the Baikal region and bring people together in an effort to make their lives better.
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Rare specimens from Russia
Baikal, without a doubt, is a unique lake: there are a lot of words written about it and much is said about its nature or rather its flora and its fauna. Nowadays they are often talked about with the prefix "rare" or "endangered" attached to them.
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Natural monuments on Lake Baikal
International Day for Monuments and Sites is celebrated worldwide on April 18. Baikal has more than 300 objects of this kind. We will tell you about the most important of them.
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The Situation on Lake Baikal: No Changes So Far
We continue to keep you informed about the fluctuations in the level of Lake Baikal and why this is important.
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Question 1: Why is regulation of the water level in Baikal so important?
Answering the most common question: why fluctuations in the water level influence the lake ecology and could it be harmful to Baikal.
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Question 8: Can the HPP completely “drain” Lake Baikal?
The most frequent question, a delusional one: it contains accusations against power engineers and HPPs which supposedly have a significant influence on fluctuations in the water level of Lake Baikal.
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Pribaikalsky Game Reserve: the Guard of the Baikal Taiga
Do you know that in addition to the Pribaikalsky National Park, there is also an eponymous game reserve? It was established in 1981 to preserve and restore the population of wild animals of Lake Baikal.
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Verkhne-Angarsky Game Reserve: the Guardian of the “Bird Kingdom” of Lake Baikal
Verkhne-Angarsky Regional Game Reserve has become the next topic in the series of articles about the specially protected territories of Lake Baikal. Today we will talk about the way how these help to successfully preserve the delicate natural balance of the Baikal region.
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The Metallic Water of Eastern Baikal
Unexpected results of “Baikal Expedition -2017” were made public at its final press conference. About a dozen foreign substances were found in the delta of the Selenga River. The most part of them are metals...
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Kabansky Game Reserve: Ornithologists’ Paradise
We continue the series of articles dedicated to the specially protected areas of the wild nature of Baikal. And the main character of today’s article is Kabansky Game Reserve. Its territory is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is protected as a unique wetland by the Ramsar Convention.
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Perfect Formula: Baikal Water Will Become a Reference Standard
A lot has been said and written about Baikal water. Its purity is admired by the scientists around the world. And the bravest of them are even ready to deduct a formula that will prove that Baikal water can be considered a reference standard.
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The Baikal Ringed Seal Has Changed: the Animal “Hunts” on Fishermen and Likes to Listen to Music
The problem of the increasing count of ringed seals on Lake Baikal has been a so-called problem until recently. After the commercial catch of the Baikal seal was banned, its count began to grow, making everyone happy: tourists, scientists, ecologists...
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To ban or to limit: is it necessary to save the Baikal omul?
The struggle for the preservation the population of the Baikal omul continues with varying success and unclear results. “Key to Baikal” found it out whether a fundamental decision has been made on this issue and whether it is really worthwhile to introduce restrictions on catching the most popular Baikal fish.
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How to Support Lake Baikal: Instructions for Those Who Care
The 5th of June is the World Environment Day. Various campaigns and events symbolizing the unity of man with nature will be held in each country today. But you should take care of the environment not only on holidays.
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Where to Go as a Volunteer: the Best Programs of Lake Baikal
Many environmental volunteer activities are held at Baikal annually. There will be even more such programs in this season, because the year 2017 has been declared the Year of Ecology in Russia.
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Lake Baikal under threat: ecologists on the building of a hydropower plant at the Selenga river
This article focuses on the danger of construction and its impact to the ecosystem of the lake.
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Who Will Save Baikal from Waste
The problem of recycling industrial and household waste in our days is becoming more acute due to the fact that the volumes of waste are increasing, while the recycling rate is incomparably slow.
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School of Environmental Entrepreneurship: How to Raise Effective Business
School of Environmental Entrepreneurship (SEE) is a joint project of En+ and the YCF "Renaissance of the Siberian Land".
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How to Save Lake Baikal from Spirogyra: Initial Results of Recent Studies
In the spring of 2016, the Fund "Revival of the Siberian land" and Oleg Deripaska's company En+ Group started a joint project, "The Baikal expedition." It is devoted to the study of filamentous green algae of the genus Spirogyra.
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The Baikal level fell to the record lowest mark
Answering the most common question: why fluctuations in the water level influence the lake ecology and could it be harmful to Baikal.
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The Way Advanced Technologies Can Help to Rescue Lake Baikal
We had a talk with the young scientist Daria Bedulina about how Baikal endemics make it possible to assess the state of the lake now and in the future.
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Question 3: Is it Possible to Control the Water Level of Lake Baikal?
We will tell how the regulation of the level of the Irkutsk water reservoir with the help of the HPP saves the city and its residents from dangerous floods.
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Question 10: The wells get dry and people are left without water in Buryatia every year. Does it have anything to do with the HPP?
We’ll tell you about the main reason for what is happening and refute the speculations.
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A Volunteer’s Diary: from a Participant to an Expert
“Key to Baikal” starts a new column where real volunteers, people who really help Baikal and save its fragile ecosystem every day, will tell you why they chose this path and why everyone should try to be a volunteer at least once in a lifetime.
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The Hotels of Baikal Are Fighting for Environment, or Why We Need Ecological Rating
The first meeting of environmental consultants and participants in the environmental rating of tourism infrastructure at Lake Baikal has been held in Irkutsk.
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An Expert Opinion: “The Mass Death of Ringed Seals is Caused by the Excessive Care of People”
We had a talk with the Director of the “Reserved Podlemorye” Mikhail Ovdin concerning the results of the expedition and heard the most paradoxical reason for the mass death of ringed seals on Lake Baikal.
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“I have counted Far Eastern red deer and met a bear”: everyday life of the masters of taiga
A modest professional holiday of the workers of national reserves has been celebrated in Russia since 1999: October 14 was declared the Day of Reserved Forests. Our talk is timed to this day; we decided to discuss everyday work of people living away from civilization with a person standing on the guard of the protected taiga every day.
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“Baikal Expedition”: How Scientists Save Baikal from Spirogyra
The summer period of the fifth year of work of the “Baikal Expedition” public scientific project is coming to an end. Thanks to this social movement, as well as the union of social activists and scientists, it was possible to make harmful spirogyra alga well-known around the world.
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“Friends of Baikal” Association: participants, projects, rules of entry
Poaching, wastewater, unorganized tourism, the lack of information and resources on finding interesting projects that can involve any resident of the region or a visitor of the Great Lake. “Friends of Baikal” Association has been created to solve these problems. Our infographics will tell you about the main projects of the association, as well as about the way one can become its participant.
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Baikal under Supervision: Lomonosov Moscow State University has been Studying Baikal for More Than 100 Years
The uniqueness of Baikal cannot but excite interest of researchers from different regions of Russia and countries around the world. Our lake is a fragile ecosystem; preserving and studying it means saving 20% of all fresh water resources of the planet and the unique species diversity of living organisms. So, the attention paid to Baikal by such well-known and respected institutions as Lomonosov Moscow State University that has always been closely associated with Lake Baikal, is quite understandable.
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"Baikal Project": Bridges and Trails That Save Lives
The first season of the “Baikal Project” was launched in 2002. Today its priority is the construction of bridges and ecological trails on the reserved territories of Lake Baikal. During this time the participants have already built more than a dozen bridges which have saved many human lives.
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Culture Vaccine: How Literature Helps to Save Lake Baikal
The first International Book Festival will be held in Irkutsk from May 19 to May 21. We have talked to the Deputy Director of the “Volnoe Delo” Oleg Deripaska Foundation - Ekaterina Svetlichnaya - about the way a book teaches us how to love Baikal and why it is so important today to talk about the ecology of the soul.
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Those Who Make Lake Baikal Closer: the Volunteers of the Great Baikal Trail
An author of the “Key to Baikal” website has interviewed the three members of one of the oldest environmental organizations in Siberia that gathers hundreds of people who are not indifferent to the problems of the Lake every year. It’s them who are making Baikal more accessible and closer to us; they are a part of the Inter-Regional Public Organization titled “The Great Baikal Trail”.
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360 minutes for Baikal
The Baikal Lake is one of the leading eco-tourism centers in our country. According to various sources each year from 500 thousand to 1 million tourists visit the lake. It means that its shores are inevitably littered, sometimes unacceptably much for a world-famous nature preserve. However there is no organization, which would be directly responsible for the cleanliness of coastal areas. What to do with the garbage?
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Nature Reserves of Baikal
Today, on the shores of Lake Baikal, there are 3 reserves and 2 national parks, which are open all year round for visitors and hold all the secrets of this ancient land.
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Baikal Ecosystem: from a Disaster to the Rescue
This figure is well-known: Baikal’s age is about 25 million years. It is very difficult to conceive such a large amount of time. According to various sources, it is one thousand times longer than the period of time the man has lived on the Earth. So even by then Baikal had existed for millions of years! At the same time its global resources are virtually inexhaustible.