Mission and Objectives

Mission and Objectives

Lake Baikal is a universally recognized natural treasure, but in reality consumerism attitude prevails in its exploitation. The mission of Foundation is to stop irresponsible pressure on a fragile ecosystem and turn Lake Baikal’s admiration in words into the real care for the lake. We aspire to make Lake Baikal a true value, a point of growth of the ecological self-awareness in Russia.

From its first day, Lake Baikal has been the source of life, and today it isn’t only a majestic natural monument, it is a world reserve of pure water. Besides, Lake Baikal is an inexhaustible source for scientific applied research that helps to understand new processes in many fields of knowledge. This is one of the few places that allow looking into the Earth’s distant past and its distant future. The Foundation seeks to support scientists and ecologists who study Lake Baikal’s unique ecosystem, a most difficult and a most important object of cognition.

Baikal is too large for anyone to undertake the task of preserving and exploring it, be it a government or an international organization. Only by combining the efforts of all those who come into contact with Lake Baikal we will be able to preserve the lake for future generations and reveal its potential for contemporaries. Only by changing the mentality, by introducing Lake Baikal into the values system, we can achieve this. The Foundation sees its goal in facilitating these necessary changes.

As part of its activities, the Foundation implements global goals in the field of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by the United Nations Organizations:

To ensure that all students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to promote sustainable development, including through education on sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, citizenship of the world and awareness of the value of cultural diversity and the contribution of culture to sustainable development.

Projects: «With a Backpack on the Trail», educational block of the project «The Baikal Seal Year».

To reduce waste by taking measures to prevent its generation, recycling and reuse; to ensure that people around the world have information on sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature; to develop and implement tools to monitor the impact of sustainable tourism on sustainable development.

Projects: «Trash Free National Parks», Manual for Sustainable Waste Management and Responsible Tourism in Protected Areas (joint project with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives).

To ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems; to take measures to curb the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biological diversity and ensure the conservation of endangered species; to ensure that the value of ecosystems and biological diversity is taken into account in national and local planning and development processes; to mobilize financial resources from all sources for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and ecosystems.

Projects: «The Baikal Seal Year», Conservation and Recruitment of the Olkhon Vole Population, Water Birds Monitoring on Lake Baikal, Preserving the Yellow-Breasted Bunting Population, «Bear Shore».

To strengthen the Global multi-stakeholder partnership for sustainable development, which mobilizes and disseminates knowledge, technology and financial resources; to promote and encourage effective partnerships between the state, the private sector and civil society, drawing on the experience and strategies of partners’ resources.

Projects: grant competition «Baikal Initiative», cooperation with foreign NGOs and protected areas on the Manual on Waste Management in Protected Areas; international dissemination of environmental online lesson; participation of representatives of the Foundation in activities under the auspices of the UN-Habitat, Global ShapersOpen World Program; Sociological Survey «What is Lake Baikal for the Russians?», Sociological Survey «The Baikal: Opinion of the Irkutsk Region and the Republic of Buryatia Population on Ecological Problems of the Lake».

The Lake Baikal Foundation for Environmental Applications and Research pursues charitable and research objectives aimed at preserving the Lake Baikal natural territory and promoting its sustainable development. Join us!

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