Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
The Asia-Pacific region is a specific territory, it has two thirds of the world’s population, it creates the largest volume of GDP, and, of course, the main agenda of the Forum will be the creation of an economic strategy for the development of the Russian Far East as part of the APR.
Nevertheless, today the environmental direction of the event is expanding too. One of the key subjects of the Forum is the preservation of unique places in nature of the Russian Far East along with rare species of animals. It acquires a new meaning due to the Year of Ecology and Specially Protected Natural Areas.
At the Eastern Economic Forum, the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia has a special role. The nature of the Far East is an invaluable asset of the region, its business card and, of course, the most important factor influencing the investment attractiveness of the territory. Our task is to show it to the guests in a bright and interesting way.
We will talk not only about the resource availability of this region, but also about its unique nature that shapes the high quality of people’s lives.
Last year, the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia played an active role in the Forum by organizing the complex exposition entitled “The Wild East, Land of Wild Nature”, with a total area of more than a thousand square meters.
This year, we are preparing an even more interesting and rich programme for the forum participants. We invite you to join us.
See you at the Forum!
Since 2007, the network of Specially Protected Natural Areas (SPNA) in the Russian Far East has expanded significantly. Six new national parks have been established in Primorsky Krai and Khabarovsky Krai. One of them, Bikin, covers the key areas of the habitat of the Amur tiger. In Russia as a whole, the area of federal SPNAs increased by six million hectares in the past ten years. Thirteen new national parks, two nature reserves, and two federal reserves have been established.
Around 540 Amur tigers live in Russia. According to the data of the previous count, in 2005, the population of Amur tigers was estimated to be only 450. Today, Russia is the only country in the world where the number of tigers has increased significantly since the middle of the 20th century and remained stable over the past ten years. The number of Amur leopards in Russia is around 70 (30 in 2007). The greater part of the population of this subspecies inhabits Primorsky Krai's national park, Zemlya Leoparda (the Land of the Leopard).
Around 2,000 trail cameras have been installed in the nature reserves and national parks of Russia in the past ten years. They are used to study rare animal populations under threat of extinction, as well as to fight poachers. The greatest number of trail cameras is functioning nowadays in the Specially Protected Natural Areas of the Russian Far East.
The area of the pavilion is 150 square meters, and the Ecology exhibition on the whole will occupy more than 500 square meters.
A video wall with an augmented reality system will allow interested visitors to get acquainted with the living symbols of the Far East: The Amur tiger, the Amur leopard, Berg- man's bear, and the manul.
The central object of the exhibition is the multimedia projection show, "The Far East, Land of Wild Nature". Its spectators will have the opportunity to travel through all the geographical zones of the Far East. A system of high resolution projectors and surround sound will create the effect of full immersion.
In the pavilion, the documentary series "Precious Pearls of Russia — 360", filmed in panorama format, will be shown for the first time.
The pavilion of the Amur Tiger Center will teach visitors about work done to protect the world's biggest wildcat and the environment of the Far East.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation
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