The Amur tiger is our heritage. The Far East is home to 95% of the Amur tiger population. The results of the winter census will be revealed at the Forum, but it is already clear that the population of one of the largest cats on the planet is approaching 600.
Saving the tiger from extinction required almost 80 years of hard conservation work. A quarter of its habitat is now covered by specially protected natural areas, with strict controls over the conservation of its food supply now in place and the fight against poaching reaching new levels.
Results are being achieved, but this doesn’t mean that we should slow down or tell ourselves that there are no longer any threats to the Amur tiger, which is still listed in Russia’s Red Data Book. The increase in the animal’s population has led to an increasing number of encounters between tigers and people. We must now protect our striped red predator in the light of its growing population, minimizing conflicts with humans and ensuring that there is a sufficient quantity of ungulate prey.
Nature knows no boundaries, and conserving the tiger population is not the task of any one government. We hope that the international Forum will help us to find new solutions to an issue that we all care about. I hope that all participants enjoy a productive and successful event, and wish you all the best.https://www.mnr.gov.ru/
Alexander KozlovMinister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
|The Tiger House pavilion|
An interactive pavilion called the Tiger House is being showcased as part of the 2nd International Tiger Forum at the 7th Eastern Economic Forum’s “Far East Street” exhibition area.
The Pavilion’s display will allow visitors to get better acquainted with the world of this miraculous, striped predator, to learn more about its evolution, the main historical facts about the life of the Red Book animals up to the 20th century and the measures taken to conserve the population in Russia. In addition, visitors of the exhibition will be able to admire rare footage from the habitats of tigers obtained using photo monitoring, but most importantly will come to understand that preserving the tiger population on Earth is one of the most acute challenges facing humanity. The Russian Far East alone is currently home to 95% of the entire population of Amur tigers. The Russian Federation must therefore play a pivotal role in the conservation of this large predator.
The Pavilion will be open from 5 to 11 September 2022.
This year, as we celebrate the Forum’s 5th anniversary we have an opportunity to look back on everything that has been achieved since 2015. It was the first time when Vladivostok hosted the trendsetters from Russian and international business communities, government officials, foreign dignitaries, researchers, and experts – in other words, everyone who was prepared to cooperate with Russia and work in the Russian Far East; everyone, who was ready to launch new production facilities and develop those already in place; everyone, who aimed to create new jobs, construct roads, housing, and hospitals – namely improve the life of our Eastern territories.
The goals we set 5 years ago appeared unattainable back then. We discussed a broad range of topics: expectations and development prospects, creating new economic regimes and improving the investment climate, passing legislative initiatives and changing legal framework, putting new social infrastructure in place and helping regions reach their potential – in other words, we were talking about the future. Some were hopeful, some remained skeptical, yet there was only one thing that mattered: we were ready to act as one. And today, that future has become our present.
The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin designated the development of the Far East as a national priority of the entire 21st century. At the behest of the President, a whole new economy is being created in the region. Large companies as well as small and medium-sized businesses can count on tax breaks, administrative preferences, concessional loans, and support from the state development institutions.
A lot has been accomplished during the last 5 years: over 40 legislative initiatives that sustain investment activity and improve the social sphere have been passed; 20 advanced special economic zones and 5 free ports have been put in place. These measures resulted in over 1,780 new investment projects worth over RUB 3.8 trillion, and 230 new enterprises appeared. The government provides targeted infrastructural and financial support to the investors. Over 70 thousand people received free land and now are building houses and farms on their ‘Far Eastern hectares’.
17 different countries invest in the Far East: China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, to name a few. Since 2014, nearly 32% of all direct foreign investment came to our region.
The Far East itself has expanded: Zabaikalsky Krai and the Republic of Buryatia joined the Far Eastern Federal District, while the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East now oversees an additional region: the Russian Arctic Zone.
When it comes to the social sphere, the ‘Unified Subsidy’ mechanism has provided existing measures with additional stimulus. 57 centres of economic growth have received funding for the construction of schools and nurseries, hospitals as well as medical and obstetric stations, cultural centres and sports facilities. These centres are home to over 80% of Far Easterners.
A fair amount of good work has been done. Economic growth in the FEFD exceeds 4%, which is two times greater than the Russian national average. However, we are now faced with another objective: increasing economic growth in the Russian Far East to 6% per year. We also must figure out how to improve the quality of life in the Russian Far East and in the Arctic so that it exceeds the Russian national average. These objectives have been set by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
Our goal is to make the Russian Far East more accessible to investors and comfortable for the people that live here, providing them with the confidence that their dreams will become a reality in the nearest future.
Many topics that were brought up at previous Forums ended up serving as the foundation for the development and passing of legislation, the implementation of new business support measures, and the improvement of the Far East’s social welfare. I am confident that this Forum will continue contributing to the open dialogue between businesses and authorities, experts and researchers, sociologists and demographers.
I would like to wish Forum guests and participants all the best. The Russian Far East is open for cooperation: we value each partner, every opinion and every initiative that helps develop our country!