WWF expands the Protected Areas network in Dagestan
The decision will allow creating of Protected Area of local value «Sulaksky Lagoon» which area will be a little more than 980 ha. Its creation will provide with long-term protection the unique object of natural heritage of the Dagestan and will allow to conserving a unique biological and landscape diversity of the lagoon. Also, conditions for long-term reproduction of rare, protected and valuable species of plants and animals in the economic relation will be provided.
Sulaksky lagoon — one of the largest seaside lagoons of the Dagestan coast of the Caspian Sea, formed between mouths of the rivers Sulak and the Krivaya balka at the end of the 20th century. It is rather narrow reservoir extended along the coast. Total length of a wetland, including the flooded sites of sleeves of the old mouth of Sulak, reaches nearly 15 km, with the maximum width to 1 km. The Sulaksky lagoon has major importance as a key stopover and wintering habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and steppe migratory birds .
«The World Wide Fund for Nature actively works in the direction of preservation of the unique nature of the Caucasian Eco region — Valery Shmunk, the director of Regional brunch »Russian Caucasus« of WWF Russia says. I wish to note a position of the Republic authorities and governmental bodies, which support our work in the territory of Dagestan».
WWF works at the territory of Dagestan for 10 years, paying the main attention to development of Protected Areas, improvement of the regional nature protection legislation and preservation of rare species of animals. We will remind that on October 29, 2015 WWF and Ministries of Protection of the Environment and Natural Resources of the Republic of Dagestan have signed the Agreement on cooperation in the field of environmental protection between the Ministry of natural resources and ecology of the Republic of Dagestan and WWF Russia.