Bikin National Park cares for nature and people
In 2017 – the official Year of Protected Areas in Russia, WWF in cooperation with the Coordinating Council of nature reserves and national parks of the southern Far East, launched the “The Sacred Wave” marathon. One of the tasks of this marathon is to tell people about the system of protected areas in Russia, to make people feel closer to a nature reserve or national park located nearby. Taking part in “The Sacred Wave” became a challenge for Bikin National Park, the largest and the youngest protected area in Russia, to try its strength and becoming a wonderful opportunity for the dialogue with local people.
“Along with conservation of nature heritage, our national park certainly aims at preserving the culture and traditions of indigenous people who keep their traditional livelihood over the past centuries using environmentally friendly methods, - said Alexei Kudryavtsev, director of Bikin National Park. - “Thanks to Udege, Nanai, Orochi indigenous people the wildlife of the Bikin River basin is now preserved in its original condition!”
One of the first in the Amur River basin Bikin National Park joined the “The Sacred Wave” marathon by opening the photo exhibition “Sacred Necklace of Amur River” in the Kasny Yar village in January 2017. In March, the Park held the traditional holiday of Udege hunters “Vakchaini”, devoted to the end of the hunting season and the birthday of the national park. And after that in April the “Sacred Necklace of Amur River” photo exhibition was opened in Luchegorsk town of Primorsky province. Local people for the first time have widely visualized the picture of the unique Amur ecoregion. The exhibition presents amazing photo works of 23 protected areas of 5 provinces: Amurskaya, Evreiskaya, Zabaikalsky, Khabarovsky and Primorsky.
This is a journey to “sacred islands” which the nature reserve and national parks of the Amur ecoregion organized with WWF support, helping people to learn about the history of the system of protected areas covering 11,4 % of the Russia’s total territory and including more than 13 000 protected areas of various categories.
At the opening ceremony of the exhibition in Luchegorsk the guests learned that national park is one of the “young” forms of nature protection. Unlike nature reserves where the access to the territory is strictly prohibited, national parks are created for wildlife conservation in harmony with ecotourism development and traditional nature use.
“Bikin National Park was established to preserve the territory where wildlife and indigenous people used to live as one for many centuries, - comments Petr Osipov, director of WWF Russia Amur branch. – The interaction of the Park’s administration with local people is the key moment that guarantees the conservation of the unique Korean pine forests, the home of Amur tigers, for many years to come.”