WWF Panda receives residence in Naryan-Mar
The main efforts of WWF in the region are aimed at conservation the red-listed rare species - Atlantic walrus and polar bear, minimizing possible threats to oil and gas companies, and prevention of human – polar bear conflicts. In the summer of this year, WWF-Russia and the Government of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug signed a new cooperation agreement. Particular attention is paid to the development of nature protected areas system.
“This is not only about creating new protected areas, but also about supporting existing ones. We want nature protected areas to develop more qualitatively, not quantitatively, and do so that people understand the importance of their work,” emphasizes Oleg Sutkaitis.
It is logical that the first event in the new office was the signing of a cooperation agreement between WWF Russia and the Nenetsy State Nature Reserve. One of the two federal nature protected areas in the region is a long-standing partner of the Fund.
“We have been fruitfully cooperating with WWF Russia for many years. WWF helps in developing the concept for the development of the Nenetsky State Nature Reserve, strengthening the technical base. Together we conserve and study the Atlantic walrus on Matveyev Island, solve the problems of violating the marine borders of the reserve by sea vessels, and conduct educational activities. The agreement emphasizes our long-standing cooperation and strengthens plans for future joint work,” said Stanislav Zolotoy, director of the Nenetsky State Nature Reserve.
And today, thanks to WWF-Russia, regional nature conservation inspectors also have their own home, albeit a temporary one and in a remote territory. WWF presented a monitoring and protection post to the regional authorities. It will be installed 130 kilometers from Naryan-Mar, in the Pakhanchensky regional nature reserve.
In fact, this is a full-fledged autonomous building, with workrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a generator. It will not only be a residence for environmentalists, but will also let scientists conduct monitoring and scientific research on the reserve territory in comfortable conditions.
“For us, WWF Russia is a reliable partner, we cooperate in many areas. It is always nice when the joint work is not only on paper - I am talking about our agreement on cooperation, but also expressed in specific environmental results. I’m sure that the guard post will serve for the good of our northern nature for a long time” comments Albert Chabdarov, Head of the Department of Natural Resources, Ecology and Agricultural Complex of NAO.
The mobile base will be transported to the reserve territory in January, when winter roads open. And in the new WWF office, work on new projects is already in full swing - tomorrow Naryan-Mar will celebrate Walrus Day with a large family festival.