New nature reserves may appear on the map of Kamchatka in the near future
“The River Kol” wildlife sanctuary was created in 2004. Since that time, no new protected nature areas have ever appeared in Kamchatka. There became even less of them for the past 14 years. Some of the formerly separate preserves were merged together; others have disappeared during incorporation of Kamchatka Oblast and Koryak Autonomous Okrug. For example, “The Moroshechnaya River” and “The Utkholok River” sanctuaries in the western part of Kamchatka near Kovran and Ust-Khiryuzovo villages were lost during that incorporation process. These areas were announced important according to the terms of the Ramsar Convention (1971). In springtime more than 800 thousand bird species migrate through these swamplands.
As the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Kamchatka claims, the existing network of protected nature areas does not fully represent the regional biodiversity. The network is ineffective to support balance between natural resources excavation and ecosystem conservation.
WWF-Russia will support scientific institutions and public organization financially to ensure all necessary documentation for establishing new protected nature areas is ready in the shortest period of time. Formal part of establishing process will be set until the end of this year.