Enhanced protection - 313,000 ha of protected areas established, committment to 10.8 million hectares of new protected areas in the next 10 years.
- 29 new PAs have been approved for establishment by 2020 by the Russian Ministry for Natural Resource and the Environment.
- Sailyugemsky National Park (118,000 ha), on the border between Russia and Mongolia, was established in February 2010.
- 3 Mongolia PAs covering a total area of 638,510 ha were official gazetted. Additionally, A local level PA covering 70,000 ha has been established in Achit Lake Depression.
Transboundary cooperation - Joint management, research and monitoring systems established for PAs.
- Joint work plan for eco-tourism in Altai-Sayan developed. MOU signed to establish information centers, strengthen joint tour itineraries, and review legislation on tourist visas.
- Tourism monitoring for "Altai" protected areas was strengthend when Russian specialists shared tourism monitoring methodology with their colleagues in Kazakhstan.
Socio-economic benefits from PAs - New and more secure sources of income for local communities.
- Ecotourism projects developed around PAs in two administrative regions in Russia's Tuva republic.
- Sustainable hayfirelds initiated in the area around Katon-Karagay National Park.
Sustainable financing mechanisms developed.
- Implementation of the Altai-Sayan network funding strategy.
- Identification of strategies for additional funding in the Altay and Tuva Republics, as well as Krasnoyarsk Kray.
Enhanced human capacity - Effective management of PAs.
- Two training centers for regional protected areas have been established for the first time in Altai-Sayan. More than 500 individuals have been trained through workshops.
Next steps for PA4LP in Altai-Sayan
- Identification and protection of key ecosystem services.
- Economic valuation of PAs and promotion of payment for ecosystem services (PES).
- Promotion of natural capital accounting among governments and the private sector.
- Continuing to implement Mongolian and Russian Federal Gap Analyses.
- Creation of ecological corridors to link PAs into networks, including transboundary corridors.
- Replicate effective PA management and sustainable financing mechanisms in other regions.
- Replicate PAs-local community partnerships in other regions.
“The PA4LP project helps to develop transboundary cooperation. It supports protected areas as a part of sustainable development.”
Mustafin Erlan Kobilovich, Director of Katon-Karagaisky National Park, Kazakhstan
Early 2011: Russian government agrees to creation of the "Altai" transboundary site with Kazakhstan.
October 2010: Russia conducts a first of its kind review of implementation of CBD targets on PAs and presents the results at CBD COP10, in Nagoya, Japan.
October 2010: Mongolia's first national gap analysis is launched at CBD COP10, in Nagoya, Japan.
July 2010: An innovatie “virtual museum” is launched in the Katon-Karagaiskiy national park and Markakol zapovednik.
July 2010: Russia commits to protecting an area almost the size of Switzerland.
May 2010: Mongolia celebrates the Biodiversity Day in the context of the International Year of Biodiversity.
February 2010: The Sailyugemsky National Park (118,000 ha) is established in Russia’s Altay Republic on the border with Mongolia.
April 2009: The first Gap Analysis of Russia’s PAs system identifies 566 sites in need of protection.
" The United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Facility in Kazakhstan, together with PA4LP, have helped build strong partnerships."
Cheranev Vladimir Gennadievich, Director UNDP, Kazakhstan
© Capturing Goat for Milking © Hartmut Jungius/WWF
Mongolia woman capturing goat for milking.
PA4LP is ensuring that local people benefit from new and existing PAs.
© Local people, Mongolia © Anton Vorauer/WWF
“Biodiversity conservation is a guarantee for future prosperity. Green development serves the environment and local people’s initiatives.”
Oleg Chugunkov , Communication Officer, Biodiversity Conservation in Kazakhstan