On the eve of the annual National Environmental Award, established by the Komsomolskaya Pravda media group, was held in Moscow. The scientific research project "Evalar", dedicated to the study of rare endemics of Altai, as well as the development of mechanisms for restoring the population of red book medicinal plants and animals of the region, became the best in the category "Ecoregion". The uniqueness of the project is that for the first time since the 80s of the last century, it provides the scientific community with system data on the status of the studied species.
In 2022, 148 applications were received for the Award fr om all over the country. At the first stage, the selection was made on the basis of an all-Russian vote, and then the winners were determined by representatives of the Supervisory and Expert Councils of the Award. There were 7 nominations in total- "Ecolider", "Eco-initiative", "Eco-product", "We are responsible", "Eco-enterprise", "Ecoregion", "Ecotechnology".
Evalar company received the award for organizing and conducting a research project in the Altai Mountains aimed at assessing the habitat and population of Red Book plants and animals of the region. In 2021-2022, Evalar specialists, experts of the Sailyugemsky National Park project, as well as scientists of the Gorno-Altai State University initiated and conducted large-scale research work, the result of which should be a large report with recommendations for the conservation of rare species of flora and fauna of the region. The parties are preparing to present the results of the research by the end of 2022.
Natalia Prokopyeva, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Evalar CJSC, noted that Altai as a region played a crucial role in shaping the brand's life strategy: "Altai is the place wh ere Evalar was founded, so taking care of this region, restoring its natural potential is our social mission. Together with the specialists of the Gorno-Altai State University we initiated two important research projects for the National Park. The first is aimed at preserving medicinal red book endemic plants, such as the red brush (cold rhodiola) and the golden root (pink rhodiola). These plants are not only Altai endemics, but also unique medicinal plants that are used in phytotherapy. An interesting fact is that for a number of years, the agronomists of the Evalar company have been developing methods of rhodiola rosea agrotechnics and have learned how to grow it in culture. The second work is devoted to the study of the habitat of the rare Altai mountain sheep Argali. Thanks to these works, we will be able to preserve and increase the number of these rare red Book plants and animals, which are the hallmark of Altai."
Denis Malikov, Director of the Saylyugemsky National Park, also noted that the research carried out gave a unique picture of the transformations of the biogeocenosis of the region over the past 40 years: "The research carried out is in many ways unique. Resource studies on rhodiols and other types of medicinal plants in the Altai Mountains were actively conducted in the 70–80s of the last century, and in some areas they were carried out for the first time. Our research is useful both from a practical and theoretical point of view, based on the results of which it is possible to plan and carry out conservation and restoration measures not only for these types of medicinal flora, but also for the entire biogeocenosis of the park territory."