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Премия рунета 2017

Joint Efforts of Federal Generating Company, Russian Geographical Society, and WWF protect Oriental Stork

27 november 2017
The three organizations teamed up to run a project Saving Oriental Stork Together aimed at rare birds conservation.

The project has become of the key event of the Year for Protected Areas in the Amur River basin. On November 27, the city of Blagoveshensk hosted a press conference focused on protection of Oriental stork nests on electric poles.

In its conservation strategy WWF Russia pays great attention to the partnership with business and the Federal Generating Company is one of this sector. According to the company’s statistics, over 20% of all blackouts in the Far East are caused by birds activities. At the same time, electricity transmission facilities which Oriental storks use to nest on are often the reason of the rare birds deaths. 

To solve this problem in 2013 WWF Russia and the Federal Generating Company signed an agreement on cooperation. WWF has provided the Company with mapped nests locations alongside with the data on Oriental stork densities in the Amur Ecoregion. This information will help the Company to know which power lines should be equipped with man-made platforms for the birds to make nests on and where to fix specifically designed constructions, rejectors, which prevent the birds from roosting on high-voltage power lines. Due these data the Company also knows what proactive measures to take when constructing new power pylons and poles in the habitat of Oriental stork. 

“There are not more than 4000 Oriental storks left in the wild. This rare bird nests and breed in the Amur River basin. This area is extensively developed by humans thus it is subjected to the heaviest anthropogenic pressure. The number of high trees suitable for big nests decreases, yet more power pylons are erected. Therefore, the birds choose pylons and poles to nest on. It is very important that the Federal Generating Company understands the importance of the problem and tries to solve it comprehensively,” comments Petr Osipov, head of WWF Russia Amur branch, Ph.D.

Since 2013, the Federal Generating Company set up around 4000 constructions in the Amur and Zeya Rivers basins in Amurskaya Province with over 1300 in 2017.

To effectively proceed with the Oriental stork conservation a detailed analysis and a forecast of the further development of situation are needed. As well as the assessment of the effectiveness of the taken measures, a review of the natural and socio-economic factors of the Oriental stork habitats. To do this job the Russian Geographical Society has joined the ranks.

Oriental stork becomes the tenth rare species the RGS will take care of.

For additional information please contact
Director of WWF-Russia Amur branch