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Heads of Russian protected areas met in Vladivostok

09 october 2015
On October 4-9, 2015, heads of nature reserves and national parks gathered together to discuss current challenges and perspectives for the development of PAs network in Russia till 2020.

Over 200 representatives of the Russian national parks and nature reserves, experts of environmental NGOs

Today, the protected network encompasses 103 nature reserves, 47 national parks, 64 federal wildlife refuges all together covering 3% of Russia.

«Wellbeing of rare animals directly depends on the state of their habitats. Favorable conditions for the animals can be ensured only on a protected area. Therefore, for more than 20 years WWF has been providing support for the existing PAs and assists in establishing the new ones, notes Yury Darman, head of WWF Russia Amur branch, Honored ecologist of Russia, a member of the Experts Board on PAs at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia.

«The long-term collaboration of governmental agencies and NGOs can be characterized by concrete optimistic figures – about 550 Amur tigers now lives in Russia, the number of the Amur leopard increased from 30 to 80, the Mongolian gazelle came back to Russia and right away its number in Zabaikalye is as high as 5 000 while the number of nesting pairs of Oriental stork exceeds 500».

Over 2o years only in the Amur Ecoregion with the support and direct involvement of WWF Russia 5,5 mln of PAs were established including two nature reserves, Norsky and Bolonsky, and five national parks, like Zov Tigra (Call of the Tiger), Udegeiskaya Legenda (A legend of Udege tribe), Anyuisky (after the name of the Anuyi River), Zemlya Leoparda (Land of the Leopard), Shantarskie Ostrova (The Shantar Islands). Pompeevsky (after the name of the Pompeevka River) and Bikin (the Bikin River) National Parks will be declared soon.

The meeting conducted with the financial support of WWF Russia took place on the eve of the 100 anniversary of the PAs network in Russia that will be celebrated in 2017. It was organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and the Land of the Leopard National Park.

Vsevolod Stepanitsky, deputy head of the Department of Policy and Regulation of Nature Conservation at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, (left) and Yury Darman, head of WWF Russia Amur branch, are the two persons