Amur tiger and leopard save nature of the whole Russia
The given orders carry forward the course taken by Russia at the Tiger Summit held in St. Petersburg in 2010.
The List of Orders is pretty large; putting them into practice will allow to gain substantial progress in tiger and leopard conservation, comments Sergey Aramilev, biodiversity conservation program coordinator at WWF Russia Amur branch.
We hope that thanks to the List many proposals of our experts will be successfully carried out. For years, decisions on the most important issues for the rare animals’ conservation have not been taken. Now, when all the dates fixed in the List the process will no longer be delayed.
Though the orders are mainly aimed at the conservation of the Amur tiger and the Far Eastern leopard living in the southwestern Primorye many items will improve the overall situation in nature conservation in Russia.
For example, giving the staff of hunting societies the official rights, including the right to search, will have a positive effect on animals’ protection in the whole Russia as the number of inspectors fighting with poaching will be sufficiently raised.
Also, across the whole Russia a timber origin monitoring system should be introduced allowing excluding illegally sourced timber from the turnover.
It is very important that the Document deals not only with the rare big cats but also their habitats – the unique forest of the southern Far East, notes Evgeny Lepyoshkin, head of the forest program at WWF Russia Amur branch. Leaseholders enabled by the Government with the right to protect leased forest plots by themselves become real masters of the taiga committed to the forest conservation for the future.
It is very important to have in the List the instruction to establish a national park in the Bikin River. For a long time WWF Russia has been trying to secure protection of the Bikin and ensure traditional ways for nature use by indigenous people, Udege and Nanai. This is the very point of the order prescribing to consider all possible ways of participation of indigenous people in the planed national park management.
Of special note is the decision to establish a national park, a protected area of federal level, in the Bikin River Basin. For many years WWF Russia struggled for the protection of the Bikin River Basin in order to secure the conditions of traditional nature use for local dwellers: Udege and Nanai people. Now it is one of the President’s orders, prescribing to consider all possible forms of indigenous people participation in the management of the planned national park.
"This List of orders can be considered as the next step following the instructions given after the meeting of the State Council Presidium on Forestry held this April. It also ensures the implementation of measures to improve the environmental control discussed at the meetings held in 2012-2013 by Sergei Ivanov, the head of the Presidential Administration, - says Igor Chestin, director of WWF Russia. - It's good to mention that almost all the proposals of NGOs to strengthen the protection of rare animals and their habitat are included in the list of Presidential orders."
On behalf of the team,