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Atlas of marine and coastal biological diversity of the Russian Arctic

Atlas of marine and coastal biological diversity of the Russian Arctic

In this era of climate change and increasing economic activity in the Arctic, this publication, prepared by the specialists of leading scientific institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences, universities, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, and the Federal Agency of Fishery, provides a crucial foundation for planning conservation activities in the seas and the coastal zone of the Russian Arctic. The Atlas illustrates the distribution of specially protected natural areas in the coastal one of the Russian Arctic seas, presents schemes of physiographical and biogeographical regionalization, data on species diversity of particular taxonomic groups, biotopes and components of biological diversity which may be used for marine spatial planning in the Russian Arctic, development of protected natural areas network, establishment of fishery refuge zones and areas with special shipping regulations.

A particular emphasis is given to the systems of boundary biotopes at interfaces of different environments: sea/sea ice, sea /river discharge, and sea/land and their associated biological diversity. This publication was prepared within the framework of Project RU0127 Russian Arctic Programme «A New Future for the Russian Arctic» funded by WWF Netherlands and of the WWF Barents Sea Ecoregional Program.

Atlas of marine and coastal biological diversity of the Russian Arctic. — Moscow: WWF Russia, 2011. — 64 pp.
Was published — june 2011