Russian Federation

UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair in the Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Biodiversity of the Steppe and Wetland Ecosystems (884), established in 2010 at the Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don (Russian Federation)

Fields/Disciplines: Ecology, environmental management conservation, biodiversity


The specific objectives of this Chair are to:

  • promote the conservation and sustainable use of the biological diversity of South Russia; including through the application of the biosphere reserve concept;
  • contribute to the development, management and networking of strictly protected natural areas and biosphere reserves as tools for advancing the sustainable development of the region;
  • contribute to the coordination of governmental and public organizations efforts in the field of ecology, wildlife and environmental management;make proposals for enhances legislation related to ecology and the environment;
  • in partnership with the MAB National Commission of the Russian Federation, expand research, educational and public awareness activities in the biosphere reserves of the region;
  • contribute to the development of ecological tourism in the region.

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Natural Sciences, UNESCO Office in Moscow

Contact: Dr Kolesnikov Sergei, UNESCO Chairholder

The Southern Federal University

Ecology and Environment Management Department

Bol'shaya Sadovaya street 105/42

Rostov-on-Don 34406

Russian Federation