October 15, the Russian Geographical Society and National Geographic signed the agreement cooperation. This document expends the memorandum of understanding that was concluded in 2015.
The National Geographic Society is one of the largest scientific and educational organizations of the USA. It was founded Jan 27, 1888 in Washington. In 1888 it started to publish the official magazine of the society, National Geographic. It is translated into several languages and is published in different countries, in Russia as well. After the publication of first photographs of Tibet taken by members of the Russian Geographical Society G.Ts. Tsybikov and Ovshe Norzunov, the magazine received worldwide recognition.
The agreement has several aspects: expeditions, environmental activities, preservation of historical and cultural heritage, volunteer programs, and media projects.
October 16, the first lecture was organized within the cooperation between the Russian Geographical Society and the National Geographic Society. It was held by head of the research direction of the National Geographic Society Enric Sala, a scientist who has dedicated his work to the ecology of the oceans and manages the project "Pristine seas".
Since 2008, 26 expeditions to various "sea" places of the globe have been carried out as part the project. Thanks to the Pristine Seas, 18 of these sites were subsequently declared protected areas.