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Премия рунета 2017

The Governor of Zabaikalsky province expressed gratitude to WWF Russia

21 february 2018
The team of WWF Russia Amur branch was awarded with the Letter of Gratitude of the Governor of Zabaikalsky province Natalia Zhdanova for the great contribution in biodiversity conservation and support for protected areas of the region.

The Letter of Gratitude of the Governor was handled to Peter Osipov, director of WWF Russia Amur branch at the meeting “The work results of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Zabaikalsky province in 2017 and plans for 2018” held in Chita city.

Letter of Gratitute to WWF from the Governor of Zabaikalsky province
“WWF and the Ministry of Natural Resources of Zabaikalsky province have a long history of partnership. Traditionally WWF Russia supports transboundary work of federal protected areas located on the territory of the province and put a lot of efforts for development of regional PAs network. The result of this cooperation is the conservation of migrating population of Mongolian gazelle, Red List bird species, information on the condition of rare fauna species, creation of new PAs and improvement of the existing PAs, where animals feel safe,” – comments Peter Osipov, director of WWF Russia Amur branch.
Dauria Nature Reserve
Anna Barma / WWF Russia

Serious efforts were put into creation of protection system of Mongolian gazelle – the only representative of antelope family living in Zabaikalye. 360 000 ha of protected areas were established with WWF support since 2004, as a result Mongolian gazelles that migrated from Mongolia to Russia were preserved and their numbers increased.

During the meeting the Ministry of Natural Resources of Zabaikalsky province and WWF Russia have signed the joint Action Plan for 2018.

“10 recent years of the cooperation of WWF Russia and the Ministry of Natural Resources of Zabaikalsky province doubled the area of PAs in the region. After that Zabaikalsky province was removed from the list of “outsiders” in nature conservation and moved forward to the implementation of Russia’s obligations recorded in the Convention on biodiversity conservation. The establishment of Sredneargunsky Landscape Refuge in the Argun River basin, one of the Amur River sources, in 2017 became the gift to nature in the Year of Protected Areas in Russia. In 2018, in accordance with the Concept of protected areas development in Zabaikalsky province up to 2030, WWF Russia is ready to support the establishment of Nerchinsky and Nerchugansky Wildlife Refuges and provide launching support for Dzhilinsky and Duldurginsky Wildlife Refuges, comments Peter Osipov, director of WWF Russia Amur branch. We support both establishment of regional PAs and the work of protection system in the region such as the purchase of off-road vehicles and equipment, construction of ranger stations. As a result, the Directorate of provincial PAs demonstrates high results in territory patrolling, designs projects on ecotourism development, and we plan to continue and strengthen this support.
Peter Osipov, director of WWF Russia Amur branch, at the meeting of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Zabaikalsky province

Another vector of the joint Action Plan is finishing strategic environmental assessment for the Strategy of Zabaikalsky province development in terms of mining activities. Let’s recall that in 2014 WWF Russia and the Government of Zabaikalsky province agreed that in order to prepare new program of social economic development of Zabaikalsky province the strategic environmental assessment will be made. The analysis of the “Strategy of social and economic development of Zabaikalsky province up to 2030” allowed to compare its tasks and objectives with ecological priorities of development. WWF continues cooperation in this sphere. 

Dauria Steppe
Anna Barma / WWF Russia
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Director of WWF-Russia Amur branch