WWF: the future of the Arctic is impossible without nature conservation and adaptation to climate change
The discussion in St. Petersburg brought together more than 2500 participants from 22 countries: representatives of government at all levels, businessmen, industrialists and social activists.
The environmental agenda has become one of the key trends of the forum. According to Vladimir Burmatov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Ecology and Environmental Protection: “Every effort must be made to preserve the unique nature of the Arctic.”
Perhaps the most talked about “green” topic was global climate change. It is no secret that the Arctic is "warming" twice as fast as the planet. And in this sense, Russia's recent entry into the Paris climate agreement is an absolute advantage for the country.
One of the key tools of adaptation to climate change is nature protected areas. According to Vladimir Krever, scientific director of WWF-Russia biodiversity program, over 25 years, 40 new nature reserves and national parks have been created in the Arctic with the support of WWF-Russia, and the total area of northern protected areas has increased by 47 million hectares.
The priority area for the ecologists for the next year or two will be the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago. WWF Russia is taking the initiative to expand the existing reserve and create the largest nature protected area in Russia.
The photo exhibition “Severnaya Zemlya: Present and Future”, which has become a real decoration of the forum, tells about this unique territory. It was presented by WWF Russia and the Marine Heritage Association. The unique photo project was the result of the expedition “Open Ocean: Arctic Archipelagos - 2019”.