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International Workshop “Sustainable development of transboundary areas within the Altai region”

Urumqi, PRC, November, 28-29, 2012

Workshop summary


Executed by:

Science and Technology agency of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Urumqi, PRC; Altai state technical university, Barnaul; Altai state university of Agriculture, Barnaul.

With the participation of:

Moscow State University, Environmental economics department, Moscow; Higher school of Economics; Environmental innovations center, Moscow.


The participants made presentations and discussed the current problems (and their possible solutions) of sustainable development and climate changes in the Altai region, within the territories of China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. It was generally agreed that the existing risks and dangers to economy, social sphere and ecological stability, caused by natural (climatic) and anthropogenic factors, are high.  But at the same time, great opportunities can be found to build up and maintain international cooperation in the field of sustainable development, adaptation to climate change, reduction of negative impacts on the climate system.

The following presentations were made by:

Chinese experts: “Scientific and Ecological tourism in the Altai region” (Li Yao-ming); “Regional ecological cooperation between Xinjiang and West Siberia – cooperation model and spatial development strategy” (Wu Miao);  “Ecosystem management under conditions of climate change in the arid regions of central Asia – cooperation with Russia and other countries of Central Asia” (Jalili Abduvali); “Transboundary cooperation in the mineral resources management sector of the Altai region” (Xan Miao).

Russian experts: “Sustainable development of the Great Altai in terms of global and regional ecological and economical trends” (Shishin M.Y.); “Prospects for transnational extension of the nomination “The Golden Mountains of Altai” (Butorin A.A.); “The Golden Mountain of Altai: prospects for UNESCO designation as an international World Heritage Site” (Petrov A.V.); “Contribution of Altai state university of Agriculture into the sustainable development of the agricultural sector” (Tomarovskyi A.A.);  “Climate change: economical, ecological and social aspects” (Safonov G.V.); “Russian forest management projects of joint implementation” (Stetsenko A.V.).

Mongolian experts: “Climate change impacts on the East Mongolian landscape” (H. Mantai; M. Nurlanbek); “Sustainable development of East Mongolia: program draft” (Amarsana P.).

During this workshop the participants have come up with the following propositions:

  1. To create special Working group regarding the aspects of sustainable development and climate change under the auspices of the association “Our common home – Altai”.  This group shall be responsible for the distribution of information about the current scientific researches and projects, interchange of experience within the Great Altai region, coordination of joint informational and educational programs, creation of a new web-site giving coverage of the Working group activities (in the frames of Great Altai Council Committee) and an information network.
  2. To coordinate works on “green” low-carbon economy development in the Great Altai region on the international level.  To stimulate wide implementation of forms and mechanisms of the “green economy” among the authorities and the members of business community. To promote the ideas of sustainable development and the “green economy”.
  3. To form up a portfolio of tender offers in the fields of energy efficiency, energy conservation, renewable energy sources, tree planting, sustainable development of agriculture, livestock breeding and etc.  To support the promotion and realization of these projects on national and international levels.
  4. To support the pro-active projects on adaptation to climate change, reduction of green house gas emissions within the separate regions and areas of the Great Altai. To recommend international investors and funds, including the funds, operating under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol, to invest into the abovementioned projects. 
  5. To hold an international workshop meeting in May of 2013 in Ulan Bator in order to discuss technical aspects of the extension of the nomination (forming up national working groups, creating work schedules, performing delimitation of national sites ready for nomination as well as of their buffer zones and etc.), within the framework of the project on the expansion of the World Heritage Site “The Golden Mountains of Altai”.  
  6. To prepare and publish a collected volume of workshop materials in two languages – Russian and Chinese. 


List of participants



  • Yan Xiao Wei,  Deputy Director, Science and Technology agency of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, PRC;
  • Dong Ping,  Head of international cooperation department,  Science and Technology agency of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, PRC;
  • Chen Hui, Director, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, PRC;
  • Jilili Abduvaili, Deputy Director, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, PRC;
  • Li Yao-ming, Research associate, Development of scientific tourism, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, PRC;
  • Wu Miao, Research associate, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, PRC.

Science and Technology agency of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography staff members.

Russian Federation

  • Shishin Mikhail Yurevich, d.p.s , Head of UNESCO department, professor, Altai State Technical University, Barnaul;
  • Safonov Georgii Vladimirovich, c.e.s., Director, Center for Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow; 
  • Stetsenko Andrey Vladimirovich, c.e.s., MSU Associate professor, President of Environmental innovations center, Moscow;
  • Tomarovskyi Alexey Anatolevich, Pro rector, Altai state university of agriculture, Barnaul;
  • Butorin Alexey Andreevich, Moscow, President of the Natural Heritage Protection Fund;
  • Petrov Andrey Viktorovich, Project coordinator, “World Natural Heritage, Greenpeace, Russia”, c.g.s.


  • Amarsana Panai, Khovd, Director, Ecological InnovationCenter of Mongolia; 
  • Bazarsad Chimed-Ochir, WWF Programs coordinator;
  • Mantai Havilhan, Buyan Ulgii, Sustainable development program coordinator. 


doc Summary of the international workshop “Sustainable development of transboundary areas within the Altai region”