Federal State Institution National Park “Losiny Ostrov”
Funding support: Federal budget, Russian Program Wetland International, other funding
Number of staff: 3
Number of visitors per year: Visitors to the area, up 3000 per day; visitors t0 the ecocentre about 1600 in a year
Overall aims of the centre
Research, management and conservation of wetlands in the National Park “Losiny Ostrov” and adjacent areas, environmental education, awareness raising and wise use.
Description of the centre
Size of site:10 km2. Types of habitat: Wetlands of different types and adjacent territories. Species supported: Waterfowl and shorebirds, both nesting and migrating; beavers, wild boars, and elks. Exhibits: wetland types, beaver dams, and birdwatching.
Demonstration sites of wise use (sphagnum growing, paludiculture). Location of the site: Moscow oblast.
Main CEPA work areas
Annual mass popular days: International Wetlands Day, Beaver Day, Day of birds, EuroBirdwatch days, Water day etc. Planned activities: different educational events, excursions and lectures for local school children and adults: local population, students, experts, policy makers. Mobile exhibitions representing wetland landscapes, plants and animals.
Top three successes
1. World Wetlands Day – indoor lectures and outdoor quiz for children about flora and fauna of Yauza wetlands.
2. All year round ecological centre for children focused on the demonstration of wetlands and their inhabitants.
3. The thematic excursion called “Beaver settlements” is always in demand
Top three challenges
Reach more visitors of different target groups of people and create the mobile exhibition concerning Yauza wetlands. We plan to produce a series of booklets about wetlands and sustainable using of bogs, designed for different age groups.
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Running a visitor centre
Engaging young people; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools.
PR and marketing; Health and safety.