Baikal Institute of Nature Management, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
(BINM SB RAS),
Russia

Established in 1991, the Baikal Institute of Nature Management (BINM) of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RAS) is a research institute dedicated to scientific and environmental research and training. Its main partners and target groups are policy makers, governments, private organisations, students and the general public. The Institute has two main objectives and areas of specialization: 1) ecosystem management issues - focusing on the interaction between natural and socio-economic systems; and 2) issues related to chemical elements and their compounds - focusing on the development of new materials and of energy-saving and environmentally-safe technologies.

The main research areas of BINM are 1) the elaboration of strategies for achieving sustainable regional development, taking into account environmental constraints and resource limitations; and 2) scientific research for the development of environmentally-safe technologies and materials.

Aside from scientific research, the activities of BINM include assessments such as Environmental Impact Assessments, Strategic Environmental Assessments, Environmental and Economic Assessments, and Integrated Assessments. In terms of trade-related matters, BINM provides recommendations on the extraction and trade of natural resources. The Institute researches new mechanisms for nature conservation at the global level, notably working on the Kyoto Protocol, nature reserves, and transboundary watercourses. BINM also woks on economic incentives in the field of wildlife management including payments for ecosystem services, taxes and subsidies.

BINM has an International Ecological Education Centre (Istomino) located in the Selenga river delta. The centre organises scientific expeditions, conferences and workshops, training seminars, and summer environmental classes.

Specifically, BINM has worked on the following research programmes and projects:

  • Sustainable development of the Baikal Region;
  • A complex federal programme on the protection of Lake Baikal and the rational use of its natural resources;
  • A federal law on the protection of Lake Baikal ;
  • The environmental zoning of the Baikal nature reserve;
  • The development of tourism in the Lake Baikal region;
  • The evaluation of environmental costs in different sectors of the economy;
  • Environmental and cultural conservation in Inner Asia;
  • Decontamination technologies for the gold-mining and gold-processing sector;
  • Assessment of environmental degradation and compensation mechanisms.

BINM’s research projects involved networking and cooperation with partner organisations in 19 countries in Asia , Europe , North America and Australia . Moreover, the Institute participates in exchange programmes for scientists and post-graduate students.

For more information on BINM SB RAS, please visit http://www.bipsoran.narod.ru/.

Contact:

Mr. Arnold Tulokhonov
Director
Baikal Institute of Nature Management
Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
8, Sakhyanova Str.
Ulan-Ude 670047
Republic of Buryatia
Russian Federation

Tel: + 7 3012 433 676
Fax: +7 3012 434 259
Email: atul @binm.bsc.buryatia.ru