Amur leopard photography tour in Russia

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Amur leopard photography tour in Russia

Environment

In Russia our main impact on the environment is acting as a deterrent for poaching and illegal logging. The poachers and loggers stay away from the areas where leopards, tigers and other endangered species are found as they do not want to get caught, the number of loggers and poachers has also seen a decrease since the rangers and researchers have established the camera trap projects in the area.

With the increase in tourism we hope that the local people who would otherwise take to poaching or logging for a quick pay day will start to see the long term financial benefits of having the forest and the big cats alive and thriving. This is the basic model used throughout areas where poaching and deforestation has occurred elsewhere and we have no reason to believe that if this tour takes off the same principals would not apply.

At the end of each we offset our carbon footprint (based on the number of tours we have completed and the number of passengers we have taken with us), with the Carbon Trust.

We also have a non-profit organisation which helps to reforest areas of the Russian Far East as well as education local schools about living sustainably with the forests and wildlife within it.

By bringing our clients to this national park in winter we are becoming the only people who use the park for prolonged periods of time during this time of year. This acts as a deterrent for poachers as well as provides a data stream for the wildlife that maybe seen here, particularly the leopards. In addition to our clients getting footage or pictures of the leopards on their trip we provide copies to the national park and their researchers so that population studies and other conservation policies can be updated with new data.

Community

In Russia the local communities around our forest reserve and national park locations, benefit mostly by tourists coming in and using their facilities and generating extra revenue in parts of Russia where visitors are rare and especially in winter. Just by visiting the area the local people gain an understanding of the international importance of this part of the world and the big cats that occupy it.

This is increasing the number of local people pursuing conservation as a career. These national parks receive very few international tourists and everyone visiting with us will be contributing to the local people’s income as we employ local cooks and guides for our stays inside the park. We also actively encourage the purchase of locally produced sustainable products, this helps add a revenue for local communities and also promotes the continued use of traditional techniques to produce products.

We are a part of a non-profit organisation which is focused on several aspects of protecting the forests of the Russian Far East, part of this work is concerned with employing the local people in replanting projects and also by supplying school materials and lessons about sustainably using the forest the importance of eco tourism.

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