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The natural park "Seydyavvr" will soon be created in the Murmansk region

15 november 2022
In the village of Lovozero (Murmansk region), public discussions were held on the project to reorganize the Seidyavvr reserve into a natural park of the same name. At the meeting, experts from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Murmansk Region, the Kola Science Center and the WWF-Russia told local residents about the changes associated with the transformation of a specially protected natural area.
Changing the status of protected areas has environmental goals, first of all. After the reorganization of the reserve, the boundaries of the territory will expand, which will make it possible to include more natural communities of plants and animals under protection. Namely, 79 species will fall "under the dome" of the natural park, of which 16 are listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation. All this will help preserve the original habitat for the traditional way of life of the indigenous peoples of the North - the Saami.
“The presented materials are the result of a compromise. Not always a scientifically based approach is reflected in the materials. In addition to science and nature conservation, the interests of economic entities, it is important to take into account the opinion of local residents. Changing the zoning, area and boundaries will remove a number of restrictions on the development of scientific and educational tourism, and at the same time, will help prevent the degradation of natural complexes, including from the current recreational and economic activities,” comments Evgeny Borovichev, Deputy General Director for Scientific work of the Kola Science Center.
Public discussions of the natural park
(c) WWF-Russia
“The territory of the planned regional park is extremely important. Meeting with local residents, the indigenous people of the Far North - the Saami, is very important for us. We want people's interests, their wishes and comments to be reflected in further work. All parties are interested in this in order to avoid possible conflicts. We will try to make this area a place of traditional nature management, and that these places remain valuable for the Sami, so that the unique nature of the North retains its value,” comments Oleg Sutkaitis, Director of the Barents Office of WWF-Russia.
The Seydozero reserve was established in 1982. This is the most important node in the system of protected areas in the region. Its goal is to preserve the historical heritage, a sacred place for the Sami. The area of the reserve is now 17,400 hectares. With a high recreational load today, this area is not enough to preserve ecosystems, representatives of the scientific and environmental communities are sure.
Seydozero
(c) Alexey Oborotov
“Seidozero is a sacred place of our people. At the same time, I note that this territory belonged to a certain family, who lived in this territory and was engaged in traditional types of management. It is impossible not to take into account the rights of the Saami on this land. We are against drastic restrictions on the rights of the Saami, but without a scientific approach, it would be wrong to allow everyone to fish there. It is important for us to preserve the unique nature of the sacred lake. Tomorrow, people may appear who will block everything with nets, uncontrollably trample the surroundings, and there will be nothing left there,” Yakov Yushkov, a representative of the public organization of the Saami of the Murmansk region, spoke at the meeting.
There are still three stages left before the reorganization of the reserve into a natural park. Proposals received during public hearings will be considered in detail. Further, the materials will be sent to the commission for the development of the network of protected areas. After that, the package of documents will go to the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia for approval, and after that the Governor of the Murmansk Region will sign the Decree on the creation of the Seydyavvr Natural Park.
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Head of Barents Ecoregional Office
Press officer of Barents ecoregional programme