About the Barents Region
The Barents region is one of the largest reserves of untouched natural ecosystems on Earth. Northern nature is very diverse: from the largest on the planet remains of untouched forest expanses to tundra and glaciers; from swamps and lakes to the harsh Arctic seas. It is home to many rare and endangered species of plants and animals, such as polar bears, Atlantic walruses, and wild reindeers. This region is unique and at the same time extremely vulnerable. The increasing and often unsustainable use of natural resources poses a serious threat to the remaining areas of wild nature. Irreversible damage to fragile northern ecosystems is caused by: unsustainable forest management; oil and gas production; extraction of mineral resources; and poaching. We, specialists of the Barents Branch of WWF, work here to protect unique, but such fragile northern nature.
The team of the Barents Branch of WWF
There are only 10 people in our team and each one is a professional in their field, committed to conservation of nature and believes in the set goals.
For most people, summer time is a holiday period. But not for us! We spend the warm season with heavy backpacks on our shoulders in the wild taiga, the tundra, and on islands of the White and Barents Seas, where we are engaged in uncovering natural values, counting walruses, assessing the impact of human activities on the environment, and designing new specially protected natural areas.
However, field expeditions are only a small part of our work. The main activity of an ecologist is far from being as romantic as it seems at first glance. It involves: processing of data from these expeditions; interpretation of satellite imagery; preparation of analytical materials; and the development of justifications for the creation of a reserve or a national park; as well as numerous meetings, discussions and negotiations with representatives of authorities, lumbermen, fishermen, local public, journalists, speeches at seminars and conferences of different levels, and much more.
We are always grateful for the help from our supporters and volunteers and welcome everyone who wants to help nature.
Do you know that…
- In the Arkhangelsk region, one of the last large stands of untouched forests on the planet still remains, whose age is about 4 thousand years, and the area is about 1 million hectares.
- For scientists it is still a mystery how wild reindeers manage to survive on Northern Island of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, where there is practically no vegetation and it is covered in snow for almost 9 months of the year.
- The Barents Region is a habitat for polar bears and Atlantic walruses, which are marine mammals listed in the Red Book.
- The Barents Sea is one of the largest commercial fishery basins of the World Ocean.
- In the Barents Sea lives the world’s northernmost stony coral, Lephelia, which forms rigid reefs on the continental slope.