Biodiversity Conservation in the Russian Portion of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion

Project Summary

The key objective of this project is to conserve the globally significant biodiversity of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion through the expansion, consolidation, and operationalization of an effective PA system in the Russian portion of the ASE in close coordination with similar efforts in other countries of the ASE. The project will contribute to the conservation of globally significant biodiversity through the addition of 900,000 hectares of protected areas (national and regional P.A.s). Additionally, globally important rare and endangered species will either have halted or reversed their decline as a result of this project in the Altai Sayan eco-region.The project proposed here is the first phase of a longer term initiative. In this phase, the focus is on safeguarding identified key territories for biodiversity in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion, stabilizing the currently deteriorating situation, and building institutional capacity to provide for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development over the long-term. The aim of the second phase is to scale up and replicate lessons and best practices derived from the successful demonstration projects and other activities of this first phase project.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Russian Federation
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
290,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
3,515,000 USD
Co-financing Total
11,660,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
536,322 USD
Total Cost 15,465,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
09 Jan 2004
Preparation Grant Approved
16 May 2000
Concept Approved
01 Feb 2004
Project Approved for Implementation
01 Mar 2005
Project closed
17 Feb 2015