Results of the implemented Presidential grant
Dear friends, we are pleased to offer you the final information on the past and implemented Presidential grant. Recall that from September 2017 to November 2018, the Interregional Non-Governmental Organization, and then its successor, the Association of Supporters of the Development of Ecological Education, Leadership and Troporestation "The Great Baikal Trail" worked on the implementation of the grant project "Preserving the Nature of Baikal through the Implementation of Effective Voluntary Projects".
Project activities began with the creation of a new site and the conclusion of cooperation agreements with the Specially Protected Natural Areas of the Baikal region. Descriptions of 2 winter projects and 10 summer projects were posted on the new site. After the start of the new year of 2018, we started preparing courses for the team leaders "Initial training of specialists in the construction and reconstruction of paths and in working with volunteers." Visual materials — posters and handouts — brochures were produced for the courses.
From February 5 to 14, we conducted a winter project "Baikal Railways" on South Baikal (Irkutsk, Circum-Baikal Railway, Slyudyanka, Baikal Reserve of the village of Tankhoi) and from March 5 to 14, "Island in Ice" on the largest island in Lake Baikal - Olkhon in Pribaikalsky national park. At winter projects, volunteers conducted educational classes with schoolchildren, developed new routes in the protected areas, worked on mock-ups of information stands, helped to conduct a music festival and renovated the school.
This year, 15 people studied at the initial training courses for leaders-leaders, 10 of them became assistants to the foremen on summer volunteer tropological projects. The theoretical part of the courses took place from March 22 to May 19. 113 class hours were read. The final stage in conducting the courses was a field practical seminar in the Baikal nature reserve "Volunteers as an important resource for nature conservation and assistance to protected areas". A section of the trail was built, the site for the Bird's Town exposition was cleared.
Traditional summer volunteer trail construction projects took place in the territory of 5 protected areas of the Baikal region. 10 two-week projects were carried out from July 2 to August 20. Volunteers lived in camps, worked on the construction of trails and structures, participated in the arrangement of the camp and spent time together on weekends. At the end of the project, each volunteer received a certificate, a bandana and a T-shirt, as well as an unforgettable experience and strong friendship with other volunteers.
The final events of the grant project were reporting seminars in the cities of Ulan-Ude (October 2) and Irkutsk (October 26). At the seminars, BBT employees spoke about the implementation of the grant project, and representatives of partner organizations shared their own achievements in organizing volunteer events.
Summing up the overall results of the implementation of the grant project, the following figures should be given:
- 358 people took part in the project activities
- Voluntary assistance was provided to 5 protected areas of the Baikal region
- 2 winter volunteer projects for the development of information stands were held
- 10 summer tropro-construction projects in the protected areas of the Baikal region were carried out
- 15 foremen and volunteers were trained
- 65 km of paths cleared, marked, built and reconstructed
- 3 seminars were held (two city and one field-practical)
- 1,500 copies of Vestnik BBT were printed
- 100 copies of methodological brochures were printed and distributed.
- 20 posters printed on banner fabric for courses