All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation [All-Russian Society for Environmental Protection]
This long-established massorganization, the All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation (hereinafter referredáto as ôARSoNPö), has left its mark on the countryĺs history as a relevantáadvocacy group defending the state of the environment. It has contributed to theádevelopment of the publicĺs efforts to protect nature and to use its resources wisely.
ARSoNP is one of the members of theCoordination Board of Russian Civic Organizations and a member of the RoundáTable of Civil Organizations for Ecology. It has also founded sucháorganizations as the Russian Green Cross, the Ecology Congress and the RussianáEnvironmental Movement.The society is active internationally.Since 1960, it has taken part in the International Union for the Conservationáof Nature. In 1984, the Society was awarded the Silver Medal of the UnitedáNations Environment Programme.
Currently, ARSoNP is continuing tosuccessfully develop its relations with local committees for environmentaláprotection, with ecology foundations, as well as with state and publicáentities, and local authorities. It is doing so by maintaining a regularáexchange of information, by co-running various environmental events, and byáfunding contractual works in the sphere.á
ARSoNP has its branches in allregions of the Russian Federation. Within its own structure, it comprises áscientific researchers from different sectorsáof the economy.