Russia's Arctic protected areas get a boost from international cooperation | WWF

Russia's Arctic protected areas get a boost from international cooperation

Posted on 06 June 2017    
Walruses crammed together on the coast of Chukotka in far-eastern Russia
Walruses crammed together on the coast of Chukotka in far-eastern Russia
© WWF Russia/Polar Bear Patrol/ V Kavry
WWF has launched a major international project aimed at protecting the biodiversity of Russia's Arctic in the face of climate change. By 2023, the project's goal is an increase in the percentage of the territory protected in the Nenets, Taimyr, and Chukotka regions - from 11 per cent to at least 14 per cent.

The project, “Conservation of Biodiversity in the Northern Regions of Russia to achieve CBD Goals through Extension and Strengthening of a Protected Areas Network adapted to Climate Change” will identify areas that are especially vulnerable or resilient to rapid change. It will also consider ways to reduce the impact of industrial development on the ecosystems and communities of the north.

WWF is implementing the project in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Russia. Funding of 8.4 million Euros is provided to the International Climate Initiative by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.

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“The project involves cooperation with authorities at all levels, research institutes, indigenous and local communities, environmental organizations and business. This is a shining example of how nature conservation organizations help providing solutions to the urgent nature conservation problems and attract significant funds to the protection of the Russian nature."
Igor Chestin, WWF-Russia CEO

“The development of Russia’s northern regions is a constant government priority. They are especially affected by climate change. It is very important for us to study these processes and do everything we can to preserve the vulnerable nature of the North and its rare species. And we are grateful to our German colleagues for the decision to support such a large-scale project in our country.”
Sergey Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia

”The northern regions of Russia harbor a unique biological diversity that also supports traditional ways of life of local people. At the same time, these are the regions where the threats caused by climate change have become very visible. By improving the network of protected areas, this project will help to protect biodiversity and strengthen the resilience to climate change of local communities and of highly valuable natural territories.”
Jochen Flasbarth, German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

More information from WWF-Russia
 
Walruses crammed together on the coast of Chukotka in far-eastern Russia
Walruses crammed together on the coast of Chukotka in far-eastern Russia
© WWF Russia/Polar Bear Patrol/ V Kavry Enlarge
Vlad Kavry watching for seals.
Vlad Kavry watching for seals.
© WWF-Russia Enlarge
WWF - Arctic fox
© Dmitry Deshevykh / WWF-Russia Enlarge

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