Are wild plants the oil of the green future? The project “Green Treasures of Siberia” was presented in Tyumen

On March 29, 2022, a presentation was made of a new socially significant program for the development of ecological culture and the formation of responsible consumption practices called “Green Treasures of Siberia” in the collective workspace “Boiling Point Tyumen”.

To get acquainted with the details of the implementation of a new, truly unique and innovative initiative for the Tyumen region, and perhaps for the whole of Russia, initiative, more than thirty representatives of the public sector, the scientific and commercial community, simply bringing together active city residents who are interested in the nature of their native land.

The project was organized by the Foundation for Human Ecology “Sons of the Earth” with the coalition of socially oriented non-profit organizations in the Tyumen region. The partners of the initiative are the Northern Ural State Agricultural University, the Tyumen Agency for the Development of Creative Industries, the Ministry of Economy and Strategic Development of the Tyumen City Administration, the Public Movement of the Healthy City, and other organizations.

The meeting was moderated by the leader of the Alliance of Non-Profit Organizations from the Tyumen Region and Chairman of the Tyumen Regional Council of the All-Russian Association of Innovators and Inventors Mikhail Mikhailovich Melzer.

Anna Sergeevna Lyubavskaya, coordinator of the Healthy City movement, spoke in detail about the concept of the project. She noted that in the current economic conditions, the problem of more rational use of the economic potential of the regions to satisfy the population in food and other necessities is more important than ever. At the same time, according to research data of the Botanical Institute VL Komarov of Russia, it is possible to harvest 7.4 – 8.5 million tons of wild plants per year, but today only 6% of this volume is used – 510 thousand tons. If we translate these figures into a monetary equivalent, then the total amount of Russian income from wild plants, according to the social activist, can reach almost 300 billion rubles.

The Tyumen region has always belonged to areas rich in useful wild plants. Anna Sergeevna emphasized that only in the books of the Candidate of Biological Sciences, herbalist Lidia Nesterovna Surina “Healing plants of the Tyumen region” and “Life Energy” described about 300 species of medicinal plants. At the same time, according to the monitoring of public opinion conducted in mid-March, half of the population of Tyumen does not have sufficient knowledge of the health benefits, nutritional properties and rules for consuming wild plants and mushrooms in the Tyumen region.

Project “Green Treasures of Siberia. Its main goal is to acquaint a wide range of citizens, including people from vulnerable groups of the population, with the riches of the plant world of the Tyumen region and to form skills and abilities for their collection, preparation and use as an environmentally friendly food and medicinal products.

During the implementation of the program, it is planned:

– to explore and study from sources and in practice, as well as digitize the geographical location of the growth of the main species of wild plants in the south of the Tyumen region;

– to form knowledge, skills and abilities of project participants in recognizing wild plants in nature, collecting, harvesting, storing and using them for food, economic and recreational purposes;

– developing the practice of environmentally friendly and cautious use of wild natural resources among the participants, ensuring their reproduction in nature, and skills of safe residence in the wild;

Creation of conditions and organizational and technical mechanisms for the most efficient use of wild plants by the inhabitants of the region for personal and commercial purposes.

The project will include theoretical and practical parts. Classes of the first stage should be held in April and May 2022 and will be devoted to the following topics: “Food use of wild plants – forgotten recipes”, “Wild plants in economics, cosmetics and everyday life”, “Wild plants in economics, cosmetics and everyday life”, “Business” On wild plants – experience and practice “,” Do no harm: the environment and the safety of being in nature. From May to September, it is planned to hold 9 excursions of the master classes in the form of practical work on the collection, preparation and organization of storage of various types of wild plants. As planned by the organizers, after the results of the project, a large-scale festival of wild plants “Wild Darmarka” will be held in Tyumen, an online map has been developed for geolocation of wild plants in the Tyumen region accessible to everyone, and even a special educational film “Treasures of Siberia Green” was created. The possibility of creating a software product that teaches how to work with wild plants using virtualization is also being considered.

In the long term, the project can contribute to improving the quality of life, employment and entrepreneurial activity of the people of Tyumen through the use of a renewable stock of wild plants.

Viktoria Olegovna Bondar, co-organizer of the project, President of the Foundation for Earthlings, Victoria Olegovna Bondar, noted the importance of developing an environmentally friendly attitude to natural resources, and Elena Ivanovna Solovieva, a civic activist and herbalist, shared her experience using wild plants in cooking and home medicine.

Moreover, Pavel Sergeevich Sitnikov, a well-known local biologist and historian, president of the Ecotour-72 Club, gave a short lecture on the recommended places for collecting wild plants near Tyumen and the rules for their reasonable and accurate consumption, who agreed to become an expert in the project.

At the end of the presentation, many of those present at the meeting in the form of a free discussion expressed their approval of the new useful project and made a number of proposals. Thus, the director of the Rusich agricultural company, a member of the Civil Chamber of the Tyumen region, Sergey Polnikov, expressed a desire to become an expert in the project, and the director of the Tyumen House of Photography, Sergey Vertsev, invited the participants of the program to join the World Charter for the Conservation of Nature.

Mikhail Melzer, President of the Alliance of Non-Profit Organizations from the Tyumen region, noted the prospects of the idea: “The nutritional and medicinal properties, as well as the possibility of economic and local use of the flora of our region are amazing. Opening it and making it accessible means practically opening up new oil from the future for all residents of the region!

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