Establishing a Regional System for Ecological Monitoring in the Lake Baikal Region
(Reference Number: INTAS-97-1040)
The Lake Baikal region is a very special and beautiful and in many parts still untouched country. During the last decade the following impacts are however strongly increasing:
- national and international tourism;
- illegal logging activities due to wood demand from Mongolia, China and Japan;
- gold and gas exploration;
- also uncontrolled immigration and settlement by Chinese population is a daily political issue.
Together with natural risks like fire and Earthquakes, the region needs a well-coordinated ecological monitoring centre. This INTAS project has demonstrated successfully the application of up-to-date publicly available Earth observation and in-situ data and interpretation techniques.