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The Sacred Earth Network Newsletter - Summer '99

Issue #13 page 3 of 3

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Caucasus Report
Action Alerts
Kamchatka NGOs Online
Green Dollars at Work
Thanks to Our Supporters

Caucasus Environmental NGO Network

Thanks to a grant to SEN from Wallace Genetic Foundation, the Georgian Center for Conservation of Wildlife coordinated the efforts of dozens of environmental NGOs in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia establishing the Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) <>. Members of CENN are committed to sharing information on the state of the environment in the region and trying to coordinate conservation initaitives. They are producing a monthly, bi-lingual E-mail newsletter entitled, Caucasus Environmental News. For further information or to subscribe, contact Nana Janashia <>.

Caucasus MAP (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, SW Russia)

Below is a letter from one of the CENN participating organizations showing the importance of "getting the word out" about environmental conditions around the globe:

From: "Dr. Elchin Sultanov" <>

Organization: Azerbaijan Ornithological Society

To: Susan Cutting <>

Subject: SOS information, SOS on the Caspian sea - OIL POLLUTION

During our last expeditions 19.06.99 to the little island Dashlar (Rocks, Kamni) near cape Alat, 70 km to south-west from Baku and on nearby island Zenbil we encountered catastrophic oil pollution. 60-70% of the territory of these little islands were covered by oil. We found 7 dead seals and two sturgeon fishes near almost 100 dead oiled birds of different species (coots, herring gulls, crested grebe, red-necked grebe and teal duck). Many oiled nests and dead oiled nestlings of Herring gull. In general number of nesting gulls on island Zenbil was 2.5-3.0 times less than in 1996. Even water around islands was very oiled. We ask you to inform about it as many as people and organizations as possible because as a rule in Azerbaijan the facts of oil pollution do not have resonance and local mass media and official organizations have not big interest for such facts. We have photo pictures of oiled birds, seals and fishes but still I can not send their by computer, maybe later we can make this also.

In May-June 1998 and later during all 1998 we informed mass media in Azerbaijan and ornithological activists around the world about a mass kill of birds from oil in the same region (near 30000 waterbirds from 6 species) but this has not had resonance. Now we again register fact of strong oil pollution and decease of birds and seals and fishes in the same region. We speak - this region is the place of chronic oil pollution with periodic very strong pollution with mass mortality of waterbirds and other water organisms. It is necessary from all responsible faces and organizations to make measures again oil pollution.

Elchin Sultanov

Chairman of Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (Ornithological Section of Azerbaijan Zoological Society)


Snow Leopard Anti-Poaching Teams in Central Asia

Central Asian organizations are developing independent anti-poaching teams to complement the governments' poorly funded (and sometimes corrupt) efforts for reducing the poaching of snow-leopards (See article on page 10). Thankfully, the World Bank's Global Environmental Facility (GEF) will be providing over $7 million for the Central Asia Transboundary Biodiversity Project in the Tien Shan region. Please write Kyoshi Kodera and Ishrat Husain, Global Environment Facility, 1818 H Street, N.W. , Washington D.C. 20433 asking that they apply some of these resources to snow leopard protection efforts.

Below is a sample letter:

Dear Sirs:

I am pleased to learn that with the Central Asia Transboundary Biodiversity (CATB) Project, GEF will be providing more than $7 million for conservation work in the Tien Shan region and that $5.7 million of that will be for strengthening conservation efforts in the zapovedniks, themselves.

As you may know, poaching of the snow leopard in that region has reached disastrous levels. Snow leopard pelts are readily available on the black market, and researchers have expressed concern that a serious decline in the snow leopard population may inhibit the species from making a comebackthereby adversely effecting the entire ecosystem. Some efforts have been made to strengthen and complement state zapovednik inspection teams, but urgent support for alternative systems for curbing snow leopard poaching is critical. The CATB Project plan includes a range of approaches to addressing problems of this kind. I hope that resources from the Project will be used to support effective and efficient efforts to reduce snow leopard poaching, quickly.

Most importantly, please do your utmost to see that these funds actually end up in the hands of those involved directly in wildlife and eco-system protection.


(your name)


Road Construction in a Caucasus Reserve

In the North West Caucasus, local authorities are planning to construct Lagonaki-Dagomys road within the boundaries of the Caucasus State Biosphere Zapovednik. This protected natural area is one of the oldest and largest mountain reserves in Europe, and it is being considered for inclusion in UNESCOs list of natural areas given "World Heritage" designation. The Socio-Ecological Union of the Western Caucasus is leading a campaign to prevent construction of the Lagonaki-Dagomys road.

Send a fax indicating your opposition to putting a road through this protected area to the President of the Adygeya Republic of the Russian Federation, A.A. Dzharimov (7+87722) 2-59-58.

For further information contact Andrei Rudomakha <> or SEN.


Petition for Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods

Ask your customers, employees, friends, neighbors, colleagues or family members to sign TODAY! (See article on page 10)

Three ways to sign petition:

1. On-line: <> (See "Info on GE Foods" part 2 for petition text)

2. Phone: 1-877-REAL-FOOD

3. Hard copy. (print off website <> or call 1-877-REAL-FOOD for a copy)

Kamchatka Conservationists and Indigenous Groups Expand the Network!

Thanks to a grant to SEN from the Turner Foundation, Vladimir Zykov (Southern Kamchatka Nature Park and the Kamchatka League of Independent Experts) installed the first (and, so far, the only) environmental e-mail stations in 7 isolated settlements and towns on the Kamchatka peninsula. (For those of you who don't know, Kamchatka is a peninsula two thirds the size of California with amazing pristine wilderness in the Russian Far East - across from Alaska and north east of Japan.)

Previously, only groups in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Yelizovo were on-line. Now environmental protection advocates in Esso, Mil'kovo, Palana, Razdol'niy, Sobolevo, Termalniy, and Vilyuchensk are regularly receiving information about on-going regional and national environmental campaigns and contributing their news to list-serves and web pages in other regions of Russia.

List of Kamchatka Environmental Organizations Online
City Contact Name Organization Name Email Address or URL Organizational Approaches
Esso Peter Sychev Sapsan Children's Ecological Tourest Club environmental education; ecotourism; medicinal plants
Esso Natalya Sycheva Central Public Library of Esso environmental education
Mil'kovo Galina Bartoshina Children's Creativity environmental education
Palana Ivan Tsulya Koryak District Environmental Protection Committee conservation; enforcement
Petropavlovsk -Kamchatskiy Sergey Solovyov Kamchatka Association of Greens environmental education; television; ecojournalism
Petropavlovsk -Kamchatskiy Robert Moiseev Kamchatka Institute of Ecology and Nature Protection marine wildlife protection; ecotourism
Petropavlovsk -Kamchatskiy Olga Chernyagina Kamchatka League of Independent Experts protected territories; conservation; mining; oil development
Petropavlovsk -Kamchatskiy Natalya Polischuk Kamchatka Regional Science Library
Petropavlovsk -Kamchatskiy Sergey Fazlulin Sarana Kamchatka Independent Ecological Group environmental education; monitoring; publications
Petropavlovsk -Kamchatskiy Paulina Vericheva Kamchatka Environmental Protection Committee, environmental impact assessments
Petropavlovsk -Kamchatskiy Sergey Vakhrin Kamchatka Salmon Preservation Fund "Northern Pacific" magazine, conservation; protected territories; fisheries management; salmon
Petropavlovsk -Kamchatskiy Alexander Volkov Public Fund for Kamchatka Wilderness conservation
Razdolniy Alexander
Ethno-Initiative, conservation; law; marine ecology; pollution
Razdolniy Lyudmila Ignatenko "ALESKAM" Ketkino-Pinachevskaya Territory Community protected territories; conservation; indigenous peoples
Sobolevo Nina Orekhova Association of Northern Native Peoples, Sobolevo
Sb: for Sobolevo
conservation; indigenous peoples
Termalnyi Lyudmila Romanova "Harmony" environmental education; ecojournalism
Vilyuchinsk Antonina Pakhomova Environmental Regional Center environmental education
Yelizovo Vladimir Zykov Southern Kamchatka Nature Park protected territories; reindeer; sea lions; Valley of the Geysers
Yelizovo Martha Batasheva Yelizovo Central Library, NGO development; environmental education
Yelizovo Elena Yarovaya Yelizovo Tour Service ecotourism


Native dancers from Kamchatka

Green Dollars at Work

US Foundations and the federal government (through the Eurasia Foundation) have been SEN's most significant source of funding. However, in 1999 three foundations who have been steady supporters of SEN have changed their programmatic priorities and will not be funding us for the foreseeable future. A plan is being developed to help us diversify our sources of income, with a special focus on private individuals (that's you!), in order to reduce our reliance on large foundations.

SEN 98 Income
We try to ensure that for every dollar that pays salary and administration there is at least another dollar that goes directly into "on-the-ground" project implementation. The chart below bears that out.


SEN 98 Expenses

The SACRED EARTH NETWORK (SEN) is an international organization whose membership believe humanity must quickly restructure its relationship with the Earth. We strive to empower people to work in defense of the biosphere by providing technical training, conducting professional exchanges, and building organizational capacity. Having collaborated with environmentalists in the former Soviet Union for over ten years, we acknowledge that we have inherited a unique destiny to work together to achieve a sustainable future. On the broadest level, we seek to deepen ecological awareness of the miraculous, interconnected living system called Earth.

May our efforts help awaken this sense of awe in all people.

A special thanks to the following organizations and individuals for their generous support of SEN's work:

The New-Land Foundation
The Roy A. Hunt Foundation
The Turner Foundation
Rockwood Fund
Richard C. Goldstein Private Foundation
Rockefeller Financial Services
The Trust for Mutual Understanding
The W. Alton Jones Foundation
LaFetra Operating Foudation
The British Library for Development Studies
Associates in Rural Development, Inc.
Mike Beebe
Walter & Carol Beebe !
Nicolette Corrao / Ben Bradley
Peter J. Benson / Diane Alberga !
Thomas Berry
Jim Bier
Charlie & Susan Blank
Belinda Bothwick
Carol Boyer / Miles Kuckuk
James Bradbury
Kathleen Braden / Evgeny Koshkarev
Larry Buell
Judy (JK) Canepa
Jim & Brenda Chapman
Sarah & Lane Conn
Harriett Crosby !
Rich Cusumano
George & Lucy Cutting
Susan Cutting
Susan Dial
Joseph DiCenso
Jason Finkelstein
Lou & Judi Friedman
Ashley Gilbert
Leslie Goldstein !
John Goodrich
Alison Greene-Barton
Dr. & Mrs Bruce Greyson
William Henry
Rita Hindin
Margaret Houlihan
Eric Johnson / Brenda Horrigan
Erika Keller
Lorrie & Cat Klosterman
Clare Walker Leslie
Fran & Joanna Macy
Richmond Mayo-Smith
Lee Ann McDavid
Shea & Jon McGovern
Harriet-Rose Meiss
Edwin Meyer
Professor Philip P. Micklin
Paul Moss
Leslie Myers
Warren E. & Marcia Nute
Robert Odland
Dr. Ernest Partridge
Igor & Jasmina Pavlin
Heather Peck
Gloria Pedevillano
Naomi Pfeiffer
Heart Phoenix !
John Reinke
Samuel Reinke
Bonnie Robbins
Peter & Eileen Robertshaw
Bob Schloss
David Shepler
Keith Snow
Paul Soler-Sala
Steve Stodola
Malinda Teel / Thomas McGowan
Elaine Ulman
Robin & Michael Wald
Bill Wasch
Hannah D. Wassermann
Todd Weinberg
! = for support above and beyond
SEN Board of Directors
Davis Chapman
Leslie Goldstein
Terry Hunt
Lee McDavid
Shea McGovern
Francis Macy
Bill Pfeiffer
John Seed
Rebekka Tippens
Ivan Ussach
Advisory Board (USA)
Thomas Berry
Kathleen Braden
Gary Cook
George Davis
Hilary French
Eliza Klose
Joanna Macy
Scott Weikhart
Advisory Board (NIS)
Maria Cherkasova
Oleg Cherp
Zaal Kikvidze
Igor Ogorodnikov
Igor Ovchinnikov
Natasha Proskurina
Tamara Semyonova
Vladimir Shestakov
Evgenny Simonov
Anna Syomina
Alexey Yablokov
Sviatoslav Zabelin
Andrei Zatoka

Issue #13 was produced by Susan Cutting, Bill Pfeiffer, Cathy Pedevillano, and Shanti Gaia. A special thanks to Leslie Goldstein, and Lee McDavid for their contributions. This newsletter has been printed on paper recycled from 100% post-consumer waste and has not been rebleached.


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