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The Ministry of Natural Resources will allocate 21 million rubles to the Amur tiger
The Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, Sergei Donskoy, said that in the 2014-2015 years, the Amur tiger of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources will allocate almost 21 million rubles to the Amur tiger.
In accordance with the report of the head of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources, presented at a visiting meeting of the Security Council, increasing control over the populations and migration of rare Far Eastern animal species is one of the priorities of the Ministry. The systematic participation of the state, the Russian Academy of Sciences, regional authorities and public environmental organizations has already made it possible to significantly improve the situation with respect to the “flag” species of rare animals, which include the Amur tiger and the Far Eastern leopard. At the same time, according to Sergei Donskoy, the continuation of active work in this area will allow realizing the great growth potential of the population of these species. Thus, by 2030, the number of the Amur tiger should increase by almost 40%, and the Far Eastern leopard by 30%, the press service of the Ministry of Natural Resources said.
“The Far Eastern Federal District has become a pioneer in the use of advanced accounting technologies,” the head of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources emphasized in his report. - “Today we are developing a“ end-to-end monitoring ”project using radio tagging, satellite tracking equipment, as well as using photo and video recorders. An integrated approach, which can be conditionally designated as "from a collar to a satellite", in the future will make it possible to conduct regular surveys of rare species of objects of the Far East's fauna simultaneously in the entire range. "
Continuing the theme of restoring populations and protecting rare species of animals in the Far Eastern Federal District, the Minister paid special attention to the problem of poaching. It is noteworthy that the first real results of toughening the supervision of illegal traffic and smuggling of Red Book animals and their derivatives (parts) were recorded in the Far Eastern regions of the Russian Federation. “A few months after our amendments were made to the Criminal Code, the first convictions were passed in the Primorsky Territory,” said Sergei Donskoy. So, in January of this year, for the murder of a female tiger, the court for the first time appointed a poacher a real term of imprisonment - 2,5 years in a strict regime colony and a fine for damage in the amount of over 725 thousand rubles. The second trial ended in early August. As a result, the defendant was sentenced to 7 months of corrective labor for illegal storage and sale of the skin of a Far Eastern leopard, with 5% of his earnings being deducted to the state.
Despite the measures already taken to toughen the responsibility for poaching, the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia in his report urged not to stop at what has been achieved and "pull the reins even more." "On the state border of the Russian Federation, especially in the Far Eastern Federal District, it is advisable to reduce the number of customs points for the passage of live animals protected by international treaties," said Sergei Donskoy and added that this measure, among other things, will allow concentrating the efforts necessary to create infrastructure for overexposure of animals in cases of their confiscation or detention.