SDM Project: Cultural landscapes as vectors for local sustainable development
Environmental Education Centre Zapovedniks
DATE OF SUBMISSION
Olga Khimchenko, PR coordinator
Many cultural landscapes of Russia are located in rural areas where living standards are low, the unemployment rate is high, and the economy has priority over the preservation of local cultures. Protected area (PA) managers and other key stakeholders do not have enough skills, knowledge or resources to effectively manage cultural and socio- ecological landscapes. The Environmental Education Center Zapovedniks therefore implemented this project in Shulgan-Tash Zapovednik (Ural Mountains) to foster the capacity of and collaboration between PA managers, local communities and local authorities, with a view to bring about a positive change towards long-term socio-economic development.