24 October 2011

Shtokman Development AG is pursuing its initiative “Environmental Lessons” for Teriberka school kids

On October 22, second stage of “Environmental Lessons in the Lapland Nature Reserve” was held. This is a charitable initiative arranged by Shtokman Development AG jointly with Saami Nature Fund. 30 school kids of grades 5th to 8th of Lodeinoe Secondary School went on an environmental excursion to the Nature Reserve.

The excursion program included a hike along ecological path Elnyun II. Its elevation above sea level is 580 meters. During the excursion, kids took part in an environmental quiz. School kids also visited a museum of the Nature Reserve founder G.K. Kreps and apartment museum of famous Russian geographer and researcher O.I. Semenov-Tyan-Shansky, where they were told about the history of the Lapland Nature Reserve, life and activity of its founders.

After the excursion, the kids were proposed to take part in a drawing contest arranged by Shtokman Development AG. The contest winners will be awarded prizes, and best pictures will be placed on SDAG’s Intranet Portal and in Saami Nature Fund office.

Victor Petrov, Kola Wildlife Preservation Center specialist, delivered a lecture to the school kids. He, in particular, noted the following: “The earlier kids become acquainted with local nature, with animal and vegetal life, the easier it will be to explain them that attitude of care towards nature plays a major role. Through such projects as ‘Environmental Lessons’ arranged by SDAG, kids from their early years develop environmental consciousness”.

In 2012, project “Environmental Lessons in the Lapland Nature Reserve” aimed at development of the rising generation environmental culture and environmental knowledge will be continued. Environmental care is one of SDAG’s top priorities. The Company is committed to the highest Russian and international environmental standards.

Information

The Lapland State Nature Biosphere Reserve is located in the Murmansk Region. It is one of the largest protected natural areas in Europe. The main value of the Nature Reserve is intact nature. The Nature Reserve is one of the oldest in Russia, it was founded in 1930 for the preservation of wild reindeer population and keeping overall geosystem intact. Several archeological sites related to Saami history are located in the territory of the Nature Reserve.