In Siberia Federal University and Reshetev University, WWF multimedia classes were opened. They will not only provide quality classes for environmental students, but will also serve as a platform for dialogue among all parties and the involvement of the indigenous peoples of the North in the conservation of Arctic nature, WWF website reports.

Each class has the most modern equipment: large screens, a system for videoconferencing and online events, a fast Internet and even virtual reality glasses. And on the walls there is a map of specially protected natural territories of Russia and black and white symbol WWF as the idea inspirer of the project.


We see that for today’s youth environmental problems are increasingly interesting and topical, current students are ready and already actively involved in the solution of nature conservation issues, says Irina Onuphrenia, Director of the WWF Biodiversity Conservation Program of Russia. The WWF is committed to supporting these endeavours by providing new opportunities for communication, learning and development. This is especially true for the indigenous peoples of the North, whose experience and knowledge we rely heavily on in our work». The universities of Krasnoyarsk territory are chosen not by chance - here is the office of Altai-Sayan branch, and for WWF it is one of the priority Arctic regions. Currently, work is being carried out in several areas: development and support of a network of specially protected natural areas, monitoring and preservation of the Taimyr wild reindeer population, and helping indigenous communities to adapt to climate change.


Moreover, right now on the basis of the SFU and the SibGU within the framework of the national project «Science» and with the active participation of the WWF of Russia, the first climate science and education centre in the country is formed, - Sergey Verkhovets, Expert of the WWF of Russia, says. - It is Taimyr, which is experiencing the greatest climate change in comparison with other regions, that becomes the place where business, regional and scientific interests meet constructively. Here the leading specialists of the country will be able to seek a solution of ecological problems not only on the nationwide scale, but also on specific territories of Central Siberia».


The classes are equipped within the framework of the WWF project of Russia "Protected Arctic" with the support of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports the Initiative on the basis of a decision by the German Government.


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