One of the most pressing environmental threats in the modern world is large-scale pollution of freshwater ecosystems. Lake Baikal is a unique storage of fresh water on Earth — it contains 20% of the world’s water lake resources. One of the problems that the Baikal faces today is the lack of scientific data that would serve as a basis for making state decisions in favor of protecting Lake Baikal. Our common goal is to combine efforts to preserve valuable water resources for future generations, drawing attention to the Baikal as a source of scientific data and high-tech developments.
The Foundation shares global goals for ensuring the rational use of freshwater ecosystems, which is of great importance for environmental and economic sustainability, as well as human well-being. Our priorities include providing systematic support for fundamental science and identifying promising projects of young scientists in the Baikal region.
Goals by 2025:
- return long-term environmental monitoring of Lake Baikal to the state funding system;
- provide systematic grant support to projects that do not receive state funding in such important areas as:
- monitoring of anthropogenic impact on the aquatic ecosystem;
- sanitary and microbiological assessment of water in priority areas;
- research on the content of heavy metals in the water and endemic Baikal microorganisms;
- research on the potential of substances synthesized by Baikal microorganisms, as useful natural compounds and antibiotics.