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Formula Forest

Significant statistics
>45,000
saplings
>850
volunteers
12
hectares of forest restored
>200
school student participants of eco-lessons
>250
school teachers participating in the educational program
27
methodological guidelines
Launched in 2019, Formula Forest is a comprehensive conservation and reforestation project combining reforestation activities with environmental education initiatives for the benefit of Tyumen Oblast’s residents. The project’s target audience includes local residents, school teachers and students, and SIBUR’s own employees.

Partnership with Tyumen Oblast’s Forestry Department

On February 12, 2020, a round table discussion was held to address cooperation between the authorities, the business community, the public and educational institutions in the field of forestry. The round table brought together representatives of SIBUR, Tyumen Oblast’s Forestry Department, educational organizations and NGOs. In the course of the meeting, SIBUR and Tyumen Oblast’s Forestry Department signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of conservation and recovery of forestry resources, as well as the development of school forest districts in the region.

Our multifaceted cooperation with SIBUR goes back several years. As part of the Formula Forest project, we have been jointly involved in volunteer reforestation campaigns in the Tobolsk District area and have been active in engaging the region's schoolchildren in forest conservation and restoration. This partnership has been instrumental in helping develop project expertise: our Forestry Department’s employees are members of the grant contest’s jury panel. We have been working together to support Tyumen Oblast’s school forestry teams that have brought together almost a thousand children involved in environment-themed activities and in natural science research. This productive interaction between our department and SIBUR was noted by the 12th International "Ecology" Forum, Leonid Ostroumov, Director of the Forestry Department of the Tyumen region, noted.



Grants contest

On March 21, 2022, in celebration of the International Day of Forests, SIBUR launched a grant contest for schools and school forestry teams in the Republic of Bashkortostan, Nizhegorodskaya, Tomsk and Tyumen Oblasts. The deadline for submitting applications is April 20, 2022.

2020 saw the very first grant contest of practical projects take place resulting in 5 of the initiatives of Tyumen Oblast’s schools getting support. As the result of their implementation of the supported projects, the students have managed to:

  • set up a school-based vermiculture farm;
  • clean up the eco-trail leading to the area’s unique relict pine tree;
  • expand the school's eco-park;
  • create an experimental plot with a seasonal greenhouse;
  • plant a tree and shrub garden on the school’s grounds.

2021 saw the second grant contest take place with the aim of supporting research projects focusing on forests research, protection, conservation and restoration. As a result, 6 winning forest research projects were selected.

Volunteering campaigns

Since 2019, the project has been complemented by annual volunteer campaigns involving seedling planting. Over this period, volunteers have planted more than 7,000 pine seedlings and restored 2 hectares of forest on the grounds of the Tobolsk Forestry District. More than 110 people have taken part in these activities, including representatives of the management of SIBUR’s Tobolsk-based plants and Tyumen Oblast’s Forestry Department, SIBUR’s corporate volunteers, and activists of school forestry teams. These campaigns have enjoyed support of Tyumen Oblast’s Forestry Department. In 2021, seedling plantings will be taking place in Tobolsk, Tomsk, and Perm.

Eco-classes for schoolchildren

Tobolsk’s schoolchildren have been given an opportunity to attend educational activities organized specially for them. In 2019, SIBUR working in tandem with Tyumen State University held forestry-themed eco-classes for 5th and 6th graders. In addition, lectures were given to biology teachers expected to teach eco-lessons on their own going forward using the methodological materials and guidelines developed as part of the project. 

An educational program for teachers

In September 2020, an educational program for teachers was launched, consisting of a series of webinars and a set of guidelines on the organization of student research in the field of forest studies.

More than 250 Tyumen Oblast’s school teachers have taken part in the educational field biology program.

Video about the project

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