Mining of coal near the Teles lake can affect the integrity of the ecosystem

Environmentalists argue that the development Pyzhinskogo coal deposits near the Teles lake Altai reserve in the Altai Mountains destroy the ecological integrity of the ecosystem, with the regional department of subsoil assure that development of the field in the near future will be.

According to RIA Novosti on Wednesday, a representative of the Teles lake, according to their data, Rosnedra plans to license Pyzhinskoe metorozhdenie coal. The deposit is located 25-30 kilometers from the lake in the Artybashskogo rural community, and is a zone of cooperation Altai biosphere reserve, which, like Lake Teletskoye, listed as a World Natural Heritage Site. In a number of media reports about this appeared in the first half of May.

In particular, it was suggested that Rosnedra it asked the Office of Mineral Resources of the Republic of Altai to issue conclusions on the presence (absence) of protected areas, restricted areas of land use within Pyzhinskogo coal deposits offered for licensing in 2013.

Development will not be

How, in turn, told the agency deputy head of regional management of subsoil Lydia Grakova, field development is not planned at all.

"Progamma licensing prepare us, and then it runs the statement in Moscow. Would fall protection program for 2013, but we do not plan to include Pyzhu there, as there are living indigenous peoples, and they are totally against," — she said.

Pyzhinskoe coal deposit, according to the authorities, is located in Turochaksky area, 50 kilometers south of the village Iogach. According to the regional control subsoil reserves only the central section of the deposit of B + C1 is estimated at 4.5 million tons. "Next field is not scouting. Coking coal there, very high quality," — said the deputy head.

Environmentalists and experts believe that the development of the field will cause irreparable harm to the Teletskoye Lake ecosystem.

Wildlife and ecotourism

"This is primarily a drain Teles lake, river Biya, which is derived from it, along the way will be cutting down trees, building the necessary infrastructure in such cases. Yet the potential in these areas can live and snow leopard. But even if you do not talk about this rare predator, live here, and other wild animals with habitats will be destroyed "- told RIA Novosti director Altai reserve Igor Kalmykov.

He recalled that during the last inspection visit to the region of UNESCO experts are saying that the Convention requires to coordinate all technical documentation with UNESCO, in the case of similar work near the World Heritage Site.

"In addition, the country is positioned as a leader in eco-tourism. What kind of tourism will be discussed, if near the Teles lake will produce coal. Entire infrastructure, the same road that will carry the coal to be in front of the tourists," — added the director of the reserve.

Local communities and fisheries

Also, according to Kalmykov, this territory is inhabited by indigenous peoples, and many of these places is an object of worship. "Here and places of traditional nature — hunting, fishing, gathering pine nuts. All this will have to forget, if there will produce coal," — he explained.

He was puzzled why mine coal in a green corner, which is not much survived on the planet, if there is Kemerovo region — one of the leaders in the Russian coal mining.

At the same time, according to the deputy director of the reserve for environmental education Svetlana Schigrevoy, based on the numerous complaints of local residents Teles lake Council decided to write an open letter to the leadership of the country, as well as the regional leader Alexander Berdnikov to prohibit the licensing and further development Pyzhinskogo coal deposit.

"In turn, the majority of people support the idea of the rational use of natural resources, such as the revival Kedrograda and ban logging of cedar, the development of eco-tourism and the traditional use of indigenous peoples of the Altai" — she added.

Noncommercial Partnership "Council for Environmental and Economic Development-sotsialno TELETSKOE natural area" was created in 2009 to address issues and problems related to the issues and the Teles lake Teletskoye Lake area. It includes the Altay Nature Reserve, a non-profit partnership "Orion", the administration and members Artybashskogo rural settlement Teletskoye of hunters and fishermen, as well as individuals.

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