The Year for Protected Areas launched in Russia
So this year the network of PAs is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
The Year for Protected Areas is aimed to draw public attention towards conservation of natural heritage sites in Russia. At present, protected areas of Russia cover 11, 4% of the country territory, including 130 00 protected areas of various categories. The network was created by outstanding Russian scientists-naturalists and enthusiasts-environmentalists. Protected areas are the traditional and one of the most effective forms of nature conservation.
Protected areas cover 11,7% of the Amur Ecoregion territory: 7,3 million hectares of federal PAs and 7,6 million hectares of provincial PAs including 17 strictly protected areas, 7 national parks, 8 federal and 78 provincial wildlife refuges, 6 nature parks, 6 ecological corridors, and 2 wetlands. Sikhote-Alin Nature Reserve is the UNESCO World Heritage site. Five more nature reserves are UNESCO biosphere reserves: Sokhondinsky NR, Far Eastern Marine NR, Dauria NR, Kedrovaya Pad NR and Khankaisky Nature Reserve. Six territories are included in the list of the Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar sites): Khanka Lake, Torey Lakes, Khingan-Arkharinskaya Lowland, Zeya-Bureya Plain, Bolon Lake and Udyl Lake.
Over 20 years of work in the Amur Ecoregion 6 national parks and 2 nature reserves were established, 3 nature reserves were enlarged with the support of WWF Russia. Moreover, 2 federal wildlife refuges, 4 ecological corridors, 2 wetland sites, 2 nature parks, and 29 provincial wildlife refuges of total area 7 214 000 hectares were established and enlarged.
“One of the most important conditions of the effective work of the modern PAs is that they are not isolated wildlife islands but the integrated Econet connected by various ecological corridors. Such approach towards planning of the PAs system allows considerably improve the efficiency of efforts in biodiversity conservation”, notes Anna Barma, Ph.D., PAs projects coordinator at WWF Russia Amur branch, the secretary of the Coordination Council of the Directors of Nature Reserves and National Parks of the southern Far East.
“Thanks to the longstanding efforts of WWF the network of PAs covers 30% of White stork nesting ground, 50% of White-naped crane and 70% of Red-crowned crane. Nearly 24% of the Amur tiger home range is under protection in Russia’s PAs and 50% in China, while 70% of the Amur leopard home range is being protected in PAs of both countries.”
“There is a good reason for Yury Darman, who was the head of WWF Russia Amur branch for 15 years, to be awarded with the highest international MIDORI prize just on the eve of the Year for PAs in Russia. MIDORI prize shows worldwide recognition of Yury’s efforts and WWF’s contribution in biodiversity conservation and building the network of protected territories in the Amur Ecoregion.”
The start of the Year for PAs in the Amur Ecoregion will be marked with the photo exhibition The Sacred Necklace of the Amur River to be opened on January 11th when all PAs celebrate their professional holiday – the Day of Nature Reserves and National Parks of Russia. The exhibition will be opened in five provinces: Amurskaya, Evreiskaya, Zabaikalsky, Khabarovsky and Primorsky Provinces, and will present 92 photos portraying the unique wildlife of 23 federal protected areas of the Amur River basin.
The Year for PAs in the Amur Ecoregion will be full of a broad variety of events to raise public awareness on PAs mission and activities and to improve professional skills of their staff. These are photo exhibitions, open days, expeditions, rallies and festivals.
The local grassroots will join the celebration. They will hold special interactive lessons, contests, environmental shifts, quizzes foe secondary and high school students, the Far Eastern conference on PAs management, a seminar for PAs staff of public awareness and ecotourism units, an international competition among rangers.
This is a go-to-meeting video. You are among the first to watch it: https://youtu.be/5uY5NWIRISI