A new protected area was established in Zabaikalsky province on the International Day for biological diversity
On May 22, 2018 the government of Zabaikalsky province signed the decree on the establishment of Dzhilinsky provincial wildlife refuge in the upper reaches of the Ingoda River, one of the main sources of the Amur River. The refuge was created as a part of the strategy of development of provincial PAs network in Zabaikalsky province till 2030.
Dzhilinsky Refuge will preserve old-growth forests in remote areas of Khente-Chikoisky uplands – the last territory of Zabaikalsky province with large forest stands not touched by fires. This newly created PA carries an important water regulation function protecting model ecosystems and rare wildlife species. It is named after the Dzhila River that runs on its territory.
The preparation of the feasibility study and expeditions were conducted with support of WWF Russia in 2015 by the group of specialists of Zabaikalsky province. Than it took three years for series of approvals, public hearings, environmental impact assessment. The establishment of the refuge became possible due to the active support of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Zabaikalsky province.