Lake Ayan cleared of man-made waste
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Lake Ayan cleared of man-made waste

September 15, 2021

The environmental campaign was supported by Nornickel and the Norilsk Development Agency.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. On the initiative of the Norilsk Development Agency, the Chisto_Ayan ecological project, the idea of ​​which belongs to the specialists of the Taimyr Nature Reserves directorate, was continued.

The project to clear the most beautiful lake on the Putorana plateau won the Nornickel grant competition World of New Opportunities by in 2019. The project participants collected more than 700 empty barrels on the shores of the protected lake and concentrated them at four sites, preparing them for further export, and the barrels with the remnants of fuels and lubricants were fixed at the locations in order to avoid spillage.

In early September, efforts were combined to remove man-made waste.

“In 2019, the reserves’ specialists and volunteers went to the lake to collect and localize barrels of fuel scattered along the coast. Garbage collection is a separate project, because Ayan is a hard-to-reach area, it is difficult and expensive to get there. We managed to convey the importance of the work being done to the highest levels of government. And thanks to the joining of efforts, the waste collected at Ayan will be removed”, said the NDA director Maxim Mironov.

Nornickel ensured the delivery of equipment and people to the lake. The first flight took place on September 4. Two more boards for the removal of the collected garbage were provided by the EMERCOM of Russia in the Krasnoyarsk region. The large-scale environmental campaign ended on September 9.

“It is very valuable that the project, initially supported by Nornickel, has received further development and that the restoration of the ecological safety of this unique corner of nature will continue. I am glad that all together – the Taimyr Reserves board, the Agency, Nornickel and the Ministry of Emergency Situations – manage to make our Arctic cleaner. Many areas still need cleaning, but, most importantly, a start has been made”, said Natalya Dunayeva, head of the Charity Programs Department of theNornickel  Polar Division.

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Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: nornickel.ru

September 15, 2021

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