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Russian Far East Public Watershed Council Network

Wild Salmon Center

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2017–December 31, 2018
  • Location Portland, OR, United States
  • Geographic Focus Russia

About this grant

The project goal is to promote public participation in decisionmaking related to local resource use and conservation. Wild Salmon Center will continue to strengthen the capacity of a network of watershed councils in the Russian Far East. Project activities will include supporting council strategy implementation, identifying opportunities for sustainable financing, facilitating learning between the councils, providing expert training, and continuing engagement with local communities in habitat preservation. In 2015-16, these community-based councils successfully represented the varied interests of the watersheds’ diverse stakeholders, achieving a benchmark of 50 percent membership of civil society representatives. In addition to conducting over 500 antipoaching raids annually, the councils engaged more than 5,000 residents in a variety of conservation and education activities. One council successfully challenged operations of a gold mining concern which threatened viability of a whole salmon habitat. Established in 1992, Wild Salmon Center promotes the conservation and sustainable use of wild salmon ecosystems across the Pacific Rim.