New equipment will help to monitor leopards and bisons
Providing of outdoor vehicles, camera traps and other equipment to North Ossetia Protected areas Areasis one of the first steps in development and support of the PA’s network in North Ossetia-Alania. The agreement on nature conservation between WWF-Russia and Government of Republic of North Ossetia-Alania was signed in January, 2017 in Vladikavkaz by the director of the World Wide Fund for Nature Igor Chestin and the Head of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Vyacheslav Bitarov.
The equipment will allow to track presence of leopards in the territory and to obtain information on the number of ungulates – leopard prey species. Photo materials received from the camera traps installed in remote areas and on the ways of migration of animals represent great scientific value.
Also the action plan for 2017-2018 directed to conservation and restoration of rare and endangered species, development and support of the Republic PA’s network and increase of efficiency of protection of these territories was signed by the director of the nature protection programs of WWF Russia Victoria Elias and the Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Chermen Mamiyev.
«Cooperation between the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania and WWF-Russia began in 2008 and successfully develops, - Victoria Elias, the director of nature protection programs of the World Wide Fund for Nature comments. - It is sure that our joint efforts will allow to save beauty of these mountains and to provide social and economic development of the Republic».
There are optimum habitats of the Caucasian bison and also an important migratory corridor which is used by the Persian leopard in the North Ossetia. Therefore WWF-Russia pays to these places such close attention.
«I am glad that the Alania National Park joins to the program of restoration of population of the Persian leopard in the Caucasus, - Marat Gattsiyev, the director of the Park noted. - I thank our friends and partners – the World Wide Fund for Nature - for the help and support».
The project of conservation of endangered big cat species in Russia was developed by WWF-Russia in cooperation with Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation. It provides for conservation of the Amur tiger and leopard in the Russian Far East and Snow leopard in the Altai-Sayan, as well as reintroduction of the Persian leopard in the Caucasus.
The Project implies creating of new and supporting of existing Protected Areas in the Russian Far East, Altai-Sayan and the Caucasus, and improvement in land use planning and programs of social and economic development in the regions of big cats’ habitat. It will also address anti-poaching measures, resolution of conflicts between humans and leopards, and improvement of the quality of life in these regions. Moreover, the Project will contribute to the Russian Federation’s active implementation of international agreements and cross-border conservation programs for the big cat species.