Friends of Baikal

Lake Baikal attracts thousands of visitors annually who come to see this unique place from all over the world. Tourist inflow has a positive impact on the economic development of the region, but at the same time the ecological situation is increasingly worsening. Absence of an efficient and controllable infrastructure for garbage collection and disposal, negligent treatment of nature, low level of eco-awareness and absence of public control are the main reasons of extreme ecological problems.
This rubric will tell you about volunteers projects and organizations which are trying to save Baikal and its unique ecologic system.

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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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 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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“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 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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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.