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Amphibious boat and powerful snowmobile from WWF will help to protect and monitor the nature of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug
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Amphibious boat and powerful snowmobile from WWF will help to protect and monitor the nature of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug

12 january 2022
On January 11, the Day of Specially Protected Natural Areas in Russia, experts from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) handed over a powerful snowmobile and an airboat with a car trailer to the Center for Nature Management and Environmental Protection of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug. The equipment was provided for patrolling regional specially protected natural areas, conducting research, monitoring natural ecosystems and activities related to environmental education.

The airboat and snowmobile will be used to patrol the Nizhnepechorsky and Pakhanchensky regional reserves in winter and off-season. Previously, the Center's employees could reach these territories only by air. Now, thanks to the new technology, inspectors will be able to provide security during the most difficult periods of the year.

“The snowmobile model was chosen with the condition that it would be possible to patrol hard-to-reach protected areas in the winter. The snowmobile is economical, with minimal fuel consumption and very reliable in arctic conditions. We are sure that the equipment will work for a long time for the employees of the Center, who regularly go on raids and work to preserve unique natural ecosystems,” says Sergey Uvarov, WWF-Russia project coordinator in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
Boat and snowmobile
(с) Sergey Uvarov

“We have been cooperating for several years. The Fund supports nature protection activities in various projects and directions. It is valuable that the activities within the framework of the agreement with the Wildlife Fund have moved into practice and have begun to be implemented, in addition, additional measures are being taken to support the forces of nature protection, ”comments Albert Chabdarov, Head of the Department of Natural Resources, Ecology and Agro-Industrial Complex of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

Amphibious boat

The equipment is purchased within the WWF-Russia project which is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.
For additional information please contact
Marine biodiversity Project coordinator
Press officer of Barents ecoregional programme