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Center for Russian Nature Conservation


The Center for Russian Nature Conservation (CRNC) was created in 1994 under the umbrella of Tides Center* in order to assist and promote nature conservation efforts in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union, the region also known as northern Eurasia.

Since its inception until closure in 2004, CRNC has acted as a resource for Western journalists, donors, environmental groups, universities and others interested in learning about conservation.

News Network


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One of the key accomplishments of CRNC was publication of the widely-read journal Russian Conservation News - an English language journal featuring articles, illustrations, photos, and maps on biodiversity conservation in Russia and Eurasia. Russian Conservation News was created in 1994 to address the information gap between Russia and the West; to educate the west about current events in the conservation sector; to encourage partnerships across political borders; and to provide a voice for our Russian-speaking colleagues wishing to share their news. In its 10 years of existence the Center produced 42 issues of the journal.

Russian Conservation News covers a wide range of topics, including:

• Protected Areas

• Endangered Species

• Ecosystems Under Threat

• Conservation Management

• For Discussion (opinion pieces, controversial topics)

• Environmental Education

• Contact information for authors and organizations featured in each issue

Russian Conservation News was published with support of the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania. In Russia, we have had many partners but we worked especially closely with the "Partnership for Zapovedniks," a Russian non-profit initiative supporting nature reserves (zapovedniks) and national parks. The "Partnership for Zapovedniks" assists in developing research programs and provides technical assistance and advice to the nature reserves.

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CRNC has helped to inform private foundations, individual donors and government aid agencies about conservation needs in Russia and Eurasia. When possible, CRNC provides support to Russian groups as well. For example, in 1995, CRNC initiated the first "March for Parks," a public outreach event promoting nature conservation which has since been adopted as an annual event by national parks, nature reserves and environmental groups throughout Russia and Eurasia.

Support System

CRNC has supported a number of exchange programs for professional conservationists from Russia wishing to learn more about international approaches in natural resource management, environmental education, and other aspects of conservation. Some of our US host-partners included: the US National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Pocono Environmental Education Center.


*The Tides Center is a non-profit organization which acts as an institutional home for a variety of projects in the environmental, social, and public service sector. The mission of the Tides Foundation is to increase and organize resources for social change.



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