WWF welcomes Russia's policy on conservation of Arctic biodiversity
The total area of marine protected areas in the Russian Arctic is about 158 thousand sq. km. This is only 3.6% of the total sea area under Russian jurisdiction. Although a number of international conventions provide a figure of 10%, and soon it will be increased.
The nature of the region is becoming particularly vulnerable due to global climate change. The Arctic is "warming" faster than any other region on Earth - over the past 50 years, about two times faster than the global average. Climate change is reflected in the strategy, as is the need to adapt to it.
Since 2014, WWF-Russia has carried out extensive work with experts and scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University and other leading scientific institutions. 47 priority areas for the protection in the seas of the Russian Arctic were identified, the most valuable for preserving biological diversity and maintaining environmental stability. The resulting network covers almost 25% of the Russian Arctic seas.
At the same time, experts express hope that many aspects that are not reflected in the strategy will nevertheless be taken into account in its implementation and preparation of investment projects.