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WWF Russia and the Government of the Chukotka Autonomous District are developing cooperation
13 december 2018
Roman Kopin, Chairman of the Government of the Chukotka Autonomous District, and Igor Chestin, Head of WWF Russia, signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of environmental protection.
According to the document, the main goal is the joint nature conservation in a unique region of the Arctic.
“The signing of the agreement is a new stage of our long-standing cooperation with the Government of the Chukotka Autonomous District,” said Igor Chestin, CEO of WWF Russia.There is a lot of joint work ahead to reduce artificial risks.”
"Taking into account the great practical experience of WWF Russia, we believe that our cooperation in the field of nature conservation, implementation and promotion of advanced environmental practices, traditional environmental management and environmental education will be fruitful," commented Roman Kopin, Chairman of the Government of the Chukotka Autonomous District.
The agreement is not just a framework document. In the near future, a plan of joint activities for the coming year should be developed and approved. It will include both new areas of common work and projects implemented in Chukotka a long time ago.
For example, for more than 10 years, with the financial support of the Government of the Chukotka Autonomous Districy, the Polar Bear Patrol has successfully operated in the region, created by locals with the support of WWF Russia. Patrolmen help prevent polar bears from appearing in populated areas: transport food waste away from the settlements, create so-called “feeding areas”, so that animals stay away from populated areas, drive animals away, explain how to behave in order not to attract a predator and also conduct anti-poaching work and monitor the number, distribution and condition of polar bears.
Special attention will be paid to the development and support of the system of nature protected areas (wildlife reserves, natural parks, etc.), expansion of cooperation with local residents, for whom the nature of their native land is a home where many generations live in harmony with the outside world. Indeed, in terms of biodiversity, Chukotka is the richest region of the Arctic. There are about 60 species of mammals and over 200 species of birds. The Russian Federation Red List includes the polar bear and bighorn sheep, marine mammals such as the humpback whale, finval, safel, gray and blue whales, minke whales, and 24 species of birds.