Enhancing biodiversity and ecotourism in Russia

Type: Enhancing biodiversity and ecotourism in Russia

Participating countries:Russia

Duration: February 2007 – July 2008

Total budget: 89,000 GBP (of which 50 % from the PECE programme)

Aim:  To support protected areas in Central Siberia in their work focused on ecotourism and biodiversity conservation.

Description: The project helped to 12 protected areas in Central Siberia to improve biodiversity conservation and promote ecosystem services provided by protected areas through education, capacity building, sustainable tourism development and promotion of tourism potential to European market. 


  • An innovative training programme for protected area managers developed and tested.
  • 21 PA managers and local specialists in ecotourism trained.
  • Information about the protected areas and ecotourism infrastructure collected, quality text and photo content for 10 PA developed.
  • A multi-lingual (English, Russian, German) web-site ecosiberia set up.
  • Pilot tours and programmes for each participating PA formulated.
  • Two field visits by experts to assess local opportunities and infrastructures for ecotourism development for the international market.

Role of Machaon: Project proposal development. Machaon’s president was involved as the project manager.
Partners: FIELDFARE International Ecological Development (UK), Ecocentre Zapovedniks, Dersu Uzala and Association of Ecotourism (Moscow, Russia)
Location: Central Siberia, Russia
Protected areas involved: Nature Reserves: Sayano-Shushensky, Khakassky, Stolby, Central Siberian, Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina, Tungusky, Kuznetsky Alatau, Katunsky, Altai, National Parks Shorsky,  Shushensky Bor, Ergaki Nature Park
Funding source: PECE Programme of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, United Kingdom and UNDP/GEF