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The UN recognizes positive experience of the Bikin National Park

30 april 2019
On April 23 in NY, the indigenous people of Russia, Indonesia, and Latin America organized a session on Traditional Knowledge and Sustainable Use of Forest Resources as part of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Rodion Sulyandziga, head of the Centre for Indigenous People Assistance, shared the positive experience of the Bikin NP as one of the first in Russia where a new model of co-managing nature resources in partnership with governmental agencies, ecologists, and indigenous people is being applied.

«These knowledge and skills should be studied, put into practice, and replicated in other protected areas; they should be codified by laws. Recognition of the Bikin territory as the UNESCO World Heritage Site status proves its international value and its unique biodiversity. Today, the Bikin National Park has become a driving force for the economic, social and cultural development of the native Udege community in the Bikin area, noted Rodion Sulyandziga in his report.

WWF Russia and the Amur Tiger Centre are among pioneers of the Park’s establishing, development and international recognition. With the support of the two NGOs, the Amur tiger monitoring is underway, needed equipment and gear are bought to protect the area, rangers’ stations are repaired, local holidays to maintain original traditions are conducted.

© Oleg Kabalik / WWF Russia
«The international attention towards the Bikin National Park is not without reason. This is indeed a unique place with virgin forests, with neighboring indigenous people and tigers. Only here one can imagine how the Ussuri taiga looked like till the mid ХIX century. The role of aboriginal tribes in conservation of the Bikin’ nature is hard to overestimate. They fought against logging operations and supported the initiative on the Park’s establishing. Today, the local people are in the Park’s staff, namely in the Units on Protection and Environmental Education, they are employees of the traditional crafts workshops. WWF in cooperation with other organizations assists the Park in its development. For instance, nowadays, WWF helps the park’s administration to prepare the documentation for creation of a buffer zone around the Park. Having the buffer zone was one of the conditions to include the Bikin River valley into the List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites», notes Peter Osipov, head of WWF Russia Amur branch.
«We worked hard to find solutions allowing to consider the aboriginal communities interests and to avoid possible conflicts. As a result, we have developed the Regulations on the Bikin National Park which give the indigenous people the right to maintain their traditional lifestyle and economic activity in the park, and to participate in its management. Over 70% of the Park’s territory is called Zone for Traditional Nature Use meaning that the local people have the right to hunt, to fish, to harvest herbs and mushrooms, to be involved into ecotourism activities. For the native people to participate in the Park’s management a Council of Indigenous People was formed, whose leader holds the position of the Park’ s deputy head», comments Aleksei Kudryavtsev, head of the Bikin National Park.

Establishing of the Bikin National Park has become possible due to the support of the Russian President’s Administration and the Amur Tiger Centre that pay attention both to the protection of the area and to the development of social sphere of the Krasny Yar village.

FYI The Bikin National Park is the biggest protected area in the Amur tiger home range covering over 1,6 million hectares of forests. It was established in 2015 in Pozharsky District of Primorye to conserve the Bikin River basin’s forests, the local large grouping of the Amur tigers, and the traditional nature use of the indigenous people.

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