All four finalists have successfully provided co-financing of 20% of the project budget, which was the main condition of the final stage for winning the contest. Thus, the prize fund of 1 million rubles will be divided between four winning projects in two nominations.
The winner of the Basic and Applied Research in the Field of Water Resources Conservation nomination is
- the Characteristic of Lake Baikal Viromes Using High-Throughput Sequencing: Genetic and Functional Diversity, Assessment of Viral Contamination project under the lead of Sergey A. Potapov.
The winners of the Applied Scientific Research and Scientific and Technical Activities in Specially Protected Natural Territories nomination are
- Rescue of the Khamar-Daban Group of Forest Subspecies of Wild Reindeer in the Central Part of the Khamar-Daban Range project under the lead of Aleksey V. Kitaev;
- Biodestruction of Organic Waste Products at Lake Baikal Territory with Use of Insects project under the lead of Maxim D. Dagbaev.
By the decision of the Presidium, another winner is the continuing project of one of the 2019 Baikal Initiative contest’s winners called
- Educational Tourism as a Tool for Nature Complex Conservation under Conditions of Pyrogenic and Anthropogenic Load project under the lead of Natalya M. Luzhkova.
The winning projects of the 2020 Baikal Initiative contest are highly relevant to the current environmental challenges of the Baikal natural territory. Research teams will be able to start implementing projects from February 1, 2021, after transferring grant funding from Lake Baikal Foundation.
On behalf of the Expert Council of the contest and Lake Baikal Foundation, we congratulate the winners of the 2020 Baikal Initiative contest and wish them success!