WWF-Russia 2016

WWF-Russia 2016 - Мoscow, 2017, 41 pp. On the website only

The Annual report describes the major activities of WWF-Russia in the year 2016, including efforts within the major programmes and regional projects, the creation of specially protected areas, conservation of endangered species, and the most significant public actions.

In this report:

Record number of kittens spotted in the Land of the Leopard

According to camera trap monitoring conducted annually with WWF's participation, there are now more young leopards in the Land of the Leopard National Park. By the beginning of 2016, camera traps spotted a record number of kittens: 16. It is almost three times the figure of 2014 when only 6 young leopards were captured on camera traps.

First leopards released in the Caucasus

Three Persian leopards were released in the Caucasus (Kavkazsky) Biosphere Nature Reserve on July 15. Shortly before the release, the leopards were fitted with satellite collars that help track their location.

The bison population in the Caucasus exceeds 100

The European bison monitoring conducted with WWF support in the Caucasus in the winter of 2015-2016 confirmed that WWF work aimed at the restoration of the species was successful. Experts reported 105 animals on the territory of two specially protected nature areas in the North Ossetia-Alania and Karachay-Cherkess Republics.

Two more Russian regions approved standards for forest biodiversity conservation

In 2016, the Altai Krai and Vologda Oblast included standards developed on WWF’S initiative into their forest planning documents, or forestry regulations. They commit forest users, when logging, to allocate and preserve elements of the forest that are important for biodiversity conservation.

90% of white fish catch MSC-certified

In 2016, the proportion of cod and haddock caught by Russian fishers in the Barents Sea in accordance with the principles of sustainable fishing and standards of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) reached 90%.

Ban on Drift Netting: First Results

The ban on drift netting in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of Russia that came into force on January 1, 2016, brought the first results: over 54 thousand tons of sockeye salmon was caught in Kamchatka by the end of the year, which is 10 thousand tons more than the previous year.

WWF proves energy efficiency of wind-diesel systems in the Arctic

WWF experts determined the prospects of the renewable energy development in the Arctic regions of Russia. For the first time, full and objective information was obtained on the successes and failures of the development of renewable energy sources (RES) in Arctic villages that are isolated from the central energy supply.

WWF assesses the scale of glacier retreat in Dagestan

In cooperation with the government of the Dagestan Republic, for the first time, WWF assessed how much the area of glaciers had shrunk in the region in the past 50 years. Out of 122 glaciers with an area of over 0.1 km2, only 30 have survived by 2014. The glacier area has decreased by almost 40%. On the base of the study, WWF prepared an atlas of glaciers of Dagestan and developed recommendations for the adaptation of mountain ecosystems to climate change.

Negative impact on marine mammals reduced

For over 10 years, WWF, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) with Sakhalin Energy Investment Company developed and introduced measures aimed at decreasing the impact of oil and gas shelf projects on marine mammals. As a result of this cooperation, the most endangered Western Pacific population of gray whales has grown by 1.5 times.

Government freezes development of new areas of the Arctic shelf

For the first time in history, the Government of Russia introduced a temporary ban on issuing new licenses to companies for developing oil and gas reserves on the Arctic shelf. A year ago during the Arctic Oil Can Wait Campaign, which became the main topic of Earth Hour 2015, over 80 thousand WWF supporters signed an appeal urging to freeze the development of new reserves in the Arctic for 10 years.

Ecological footprint of Russian regions measured

In December 2016, WWF published the second national report, Ecological Footprint of the Russian Regions. The report assesses the level of the consumption of biological resources by different regions (their Ecological Footprint) and compares it with the volume of the available natural capital (their Ecological Capacity).

Strategic environmental assessment completed in Zabaikalsky Krai

The region completed an environmental assessment of its socio-economic development. The Amur River, the main water artery of one of WWF's priority ecoregions, rises here. The assessment was funded from the regional budget, and WWF acted as one of the initiators, organizers, and experts. 

Released at March 2017

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