We built a professional network to reduce human-wildlife conflicts in the Russian Far East.
Large landscapes protected for wildlife provide significant eco-tourism opportunities and public benefit for local communities. However, when large charismatic predators inhabit these places, conflicts arise with local communities, especially when tigers, bears, and wolves are present.
Despite our political differences, there are many similarities by which the United States and Russia manage their wildlife populations.
With support from the Eurasia Foundation and USAID, the National Wildlife Refuge Association worked closely with WWF-Russia, protected-area managers in the Russian Far East, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to design two international social expertise exchanges to reduce human-wildlife conflicts and share best practices. Sean Carnell was the U.S. National Coordinator and worked closely with partners to facilitate the professional exchanges.
We produced marketing collateral to educate citizens in Russia and the U.S. about human-wildlife conflicts.
We facilitated a group of conservation leaders to share best practices and strategies to increase community resiliency to large predators.
We secured additional funding to continue our collaboration between U.S. and Russian wildlife practitioners.