Officials in Sochi, Russia are focusing on environmental initiatives as the region prepares to host the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. In their latest effort, officials have installed specially designed feeding stands to provide nourishment to animals residing near the “Laura: Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center area in Sochi, Russia. The goal of the environmental initiative is to preserve the migration paths of bison, elk, red deer, brown bears, boars and other large mammals of the Krasnaya Polyana region. The event became part of the countervailing measures program for preserving the unique natural environment of the region
Officials believe preservation of the migration paths of large mammals is a considerable contribution to assuring animal longevity and biodiversity in the area.
“In the nearest future the animals will leave for wintering therefore their returning to familiar inhabitations is very important. That’s exactly what the feeding stands are useful for: we need them to form the population’s spatial arrangement. It is all about attracting the hoofed animals with salt which makes it possible to hold them within the population circle and contributes to preserving the biodiversity”, Nikolay Esin, Deputy Director of the Caucasus State Natural Biosphere Reserve, said.
Emphasizing the importance of taking environmental protection measures, participants charged with constructing venues for the 2014 Games have spearheaded a number of initiatives. For example, several hundred countervailing measures have been introduced to preserve the unique natural environment of the Games’ region including the migration of 450 animals from the Olympic park construction zone to the Imereti Lowland conservation areas, establishing eight feeding stands for animals and 910 bird boxes in the “RusSki Gorki” Jumping Center area and the relocation of more than 500 animals and plants from the “Laura” Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center area.
At the same time, more than 6000 Red Book plants have been replanted and a garden with rare and endangered plants has been arranged on the Psekhako Range. Additionally, as part of countervailing measures, around 9000 trees have been planted within construction of the “Sanki” Sliding Center and 138 pitsunda pine yearlings have been planted instead of 27 trees cut down during the construction of the Adler-Krasnaya Polyana combined road. In total, within the planted lands’ regeneration program, for each tree cut there are two to five yearlings of trees of a same species being planted on the territory of the City of Sochi.
For more information about the environmental initiatives being taken in Sochi and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, check out: sochi2014.com.