Skip to content

Governor Gives Nod to Establishing Nature Preserves in Sakhalin

August 25, 2011

After months of consulting with the environment and finance ministries, Governor Khoroshavin recently signed an order that clears the way to develop nature preserves in the Sakhalin region.

2011 Goldman Prize winner Dmitry Lisitsyn, along with his wife Natalya and other leaders, have spent the better part of this year meeting with policymakers to develop a draft plan to establish protected areas in the area. The plan was unanimously approved in June by the Environmental Council of Sakhalin Oblast, chaired by the state lieutenant governor, before arriving at the governor’s desk.

The victory is especially poignant as recent changes in Russian government have made it particularly hard for environmentalists to influence policymakers, as Dmitry explained to Dick Gordon on this week’s The Story.

The plan creates a protected area along the Dagi River, saving endangered fish species such as the Sakhalin taimen. It is also expected to bring economic benefits that significantly outweigh implementation costs by creating new jobs and infrastructure development from scientific research, tourism and recreational services.

Please join us in extending our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Dima and his colleagues!

Related Posts

Prize Winners Today: Cambodian Elephant Conservation with Sereivathana Tuy

January 31, 2023 – By Ellen Lomonico

Uncle Elephant They call him “Uncle Elephant.” Determined, intelligent, and kind, Sereivathana Tuy (known as “Vathana”) is everything you’d want in an uncle. He’s an ex-park ranger, National Geographic Explorer, and, most importantly, a committed conservationist who has devoted his life to protecting elephants in Cambodia. We chatted with Vathana about winning the Goldman Prize…

Read more

Holding Governments Accountable for Climate Change

July 12, 2022 – By Jacqueline Kehoe

You’ve heard the stats: The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report states that current plans to limit global warming to 1.5ºC (2.7ºF) are not enough. Though nearly every nation on Earth signed the Paris Agreement in 2015, most countries are falling woefully short of those commitments. Wildfires, flooding, warming seas—climate change is here,…

Read more

A Message from Julien Vincent

July 5, 2022 – By Julien Vincent

If you can read, hear or feel this, you have power. It was as if I were being let in on a secret. Obviously, I’d already heard of global warming and knew a bit about it. But there, in 2001, in a cold lecture theater on the outskirts of Melbourne, scientists who worked on the…

Read more