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The Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation will recreate a reward mechanism for those who help identify and punish poachers

The Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia intends to increase the number of inspectors in each administrative district to at least three people and recreate a special remuneration mechanism for civilians that have ensured that poachers are brought to justice. According to the press service of the department, this was stated by the Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology Sergei Donskoy, speaking at a meeting of the Government of the Russian Federation.

"In particular, the possibility of creating a payment mechanism in the amount of about 50% of the amount of the fine for the violation of the law established with the help of a citizen and 30% of the amount of the claim for damage caused to objects of fauna or flora as a result of poaching is being considered," the message says.

According to S. Donskoy, the habitats of the largest number of animals listed in the Red Book are located in the Caucasus, southern Siberia and the Far East. “Although now there are rare animals in almost all regions of Russia, large-scale economic development of territories, an increase in forest use and subsoil use and the implementation of large infrastructure projects leads to the degradation and reduction of 40-90% of the usual habitats of animals,” he said.

The minister also pointed to the huge economic damage from poaching. “In terms of profitability, the poaching business is comparable to the drug or arms trade. For example, the volume of the international market for rare species and their derivatives is estimated at over 17 billion euros. At the same time, according to minimal estimates, the annual damage from illegal hunting is more than 19 billion rubles, ”emphasized Sergey Donskoy. 

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