Exhibition “Sacred Necklace of Amur River” launched in Amur Basin
In 2017 – the Year of Protected Areas in Russia, WWF in cooperation with nature reserves and national parks of the Amur Ecoregion organized the photo exhibition “Sacred Necklace of the Amur River” devoted to the flora and fauna of protected areas.
92 photo works are presented at the exhibition from 23 protected areas of 5 provinces: Amurskaya, Evreiskaya, Zabaikalsky, Khabarovsky and Primorsky.
Russian part of the Amur ecoregion lies from Zabaikalsky Province in the north-west to Primorsky in the south-east, is a unique nature complex both in Russia and in the world. This is a huge area (almost 1 270 000 km²), inhabited by rare animals and birds, many of them can be found only in the Amur River basin. Manchurian nut, vines wind around spruces and black firs live side by side here, as well as sable, marten, moose and Amur tiger, snow owl and pheasant. Green belt of the Amur River and its tributaries is an important part in the chain of stopovers for millions of migrating birds, the river itself is the home of 130 fish species.
“Protected areas of the Russian Far East are not isolated from each other. They are like pearls of a necklace connected by ecological corridors forming a united network aiming to preserve natural treasures of the ecoregion, - comments Anna Barma, protected areas coordinator at WWF Russia Amur branch, secretary of the Coordination Council of Nature Reserves and National Parks of the southern Far East.
Protected areas cover 11,7% of the Amur Ecoregion territory: 17 nature reserves, 7 national parks, 8 federal and 78 provincial wildlife refuges, 6 nature parks, 6 ecological corridors and 2 wetlands of a total area 149 102 km².
Since January, 11, 2017, the Day of Nature Reserves and National Parks in Russia, the exhibition “Sacred Necklace of the Amur River” is working in the cities of Chita, Zeya, Birobidzhan, Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Nikolayevsk-on-Amur, Amursk and Blagoveschensk, in the villages of Krasny Yar and Lazo.