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WWF-Russia proposed re-establishing protection status on former wildlife sanctuaries in Kamchatka

14 november 2019
The territories of former preserves “Utkholok”, “The Moroshechnaya River”, and “Karaginsky Island” were designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. Nevertheless, they officially seized to exist as protected areas in 2010. Environmentalists address the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Kamchatka to undertake measures for re-establishing the protection status of the territories.

Such recommendation of WWF-Russia’s experts were included in the final resolution of the 20th International Scientific Conference, devoted to the conservation of biodiversity of Kamchatka and coastal waters, which took place in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. 

"The existing network of protected areas in Kamchatka is not representative enough,” said Sergey Korostelev, WWF-Russia’s Sustainable Fisheries Programme coordinator. “At present, the network does not cover the whole variety of typical and unique communities and landscapes of the region. In addition, due protection of the three of four Ramsar sites located in Kamchatka was not provided. Even though the territories are designated to be of international importance, this status does not imply any measures to protect the areas from anthropogenic impact. Meanwhile, the protection of these environmentally important areas is a necessary condition for preserving the diversity of peninsular ecosystems.”

“Utkholok”, “The Moroshechnaya River”, and “Karaginsky Island” along with “Parapolsky Dol” which is a part of Koryak Reserve now are key wetlands for nesting and migration of waterfowl. The protection status if re-established will help to limit and regulate human activity within the boundaries of these areas, as well as to conserve rare bird species. 

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Project coordinator (Sustainable fishery project coordinator)