Applications for the Crystal Compass National Award have been reviewed. This year we’ve received 327 applications.
The Crystal Compass National Award, an award in geography and ecology, has been given since 2012. It is aimed at finding and promoting the best achievements and projects focused on the conservation of nature, historical and cultural heritage of the country. The event is conducted under the auspices of the Russian Geographical Society and Gazprom Company.
The applications were received from 68 Russian regions and 23 countries, including Australia, Great Britain, Italy, Sweden, South Africa, and Japan. The largest number of applications was received from Moscow, the Krasnodar Territory and Amur Region.
“As usual, representatives from foreign countries have shown a high interest in the award. This year, there are the following persons among the participants: President of the Italian Geographical Society Filippo Bencardino; Babis Bizas, a famous Greek traveler and writer; Frederik Paulsen, a Swedish scientist and businessman, and many others,” said Chairman of the Award Organizing Committee and Head of the Krasnodar branch of the Russian Geographical Society Ivan Chayka.
The most popular categories are “The Best social and information project on the preservation of natural and historical and cultural heritage”, “Education” and “Photo works”.
Currently, the expert council continues to review projects. The list of finalists will be approved at a meeting to be held at the Moscow headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society. A solemn awards ceremony where winners will receive crystal and silver statuettes will be held in Krasnodar in May.