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WWF-Russia 2012

The Annual report describes the major activities of WWF-Russia in the year 2012, including efforts within the major programmes and regional projects, the creation of specially protected areas, conservation of endangered species, activities in Central Asia, and the most significant public actions.
WWF-Russia 2012 - Мoscow, 2013, 44 pp. In Russian and English. On the website only
Released at January 2013
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Find the walrus!

WWF-Russia and SkanEx launched an innovative new project for walrus satellite monitoring.

Population of European bison grows in the Caucasus

WWF’s programme to restore the European bison population in the Caucasus continues: in the fall 9 bison arrived in Northern Ossetia and 8 more went to Karachaevo-Cherkessia from the breeding facility in the Central Russia reserves.

Relocating to the Caucasus

In October a pair of Persian leopards arrived in Sochi National Park from the Lisbon Zoo.

Help for snow leopards
  • In 2012, the number of poachers’ snares has dropped by two-thirds in key snow leopard habitat.
  • The first photographic evidence of snow leopards in the Argut River valley (Altai Republic) has been obtained.
  • Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov cancelled a decree made by the Republic’s government aiming to expropriate land for gold mining in Sarychat-Ertash State Nature Reserve.
Protecting the polar bear

In 2012, 40 observers from 14 villages and 5 polar stations tracked the migration of Polar bears and protected birthing dens from poachers across a vast landscape from the mouth of the Indigirka River to the Bering Strait.

Portraits of leopards

A unique Far Eastern leopard «passport» process is being publicized for the first time since it began 10 years ago.

News from protected areas
  • 13 state nature reserves and national parks received grants from WWF
  • Twelve years of WWF efforts have met with victory — Land of the Leopard National Park was established in Primorsky Krai!
  • In October Primorsky Krai governor v. V. Miklushevsky signed a decree establishing the Sredneussuriyskiy Refuge.
  • A new Itsari Nature Park is now completely operational in the Republic of Dagestan.
  • Over half a million hectares of protected areas will become part of a single system of PAs along the middle branch of the Syrdari River in Kazakhstan.
Forest for tigers and leopards
  • Commercial logging by the Les Export Company has stopped in northern Primorsky Krai’s key Amur tiger habitat.
  • WWF and Citibank’s «Plant Trees for Leopards» campaign is dedicated to restoring mixed Korean Pine and deciduous forests in the habitat of the rarest cat on the planet.
  • 400 kg of Korean pine, 5 kg of Manchurian fir, and 3 kg of larch seeds were planted in a tree nursery at the Forest and Forest Park Institute of Primorsky State Agricultural Academy with support from WWF and the company METRO.
  • Success of the majority of a unique forest climate project to protect the Amur tiger in the Bikin River valley in Primorye.
The correct course for captains

WWF experts developed the first Russian course in sustainable fishing and used it to instruct fishing boat officer corps in Murmansk.

Salmon certification

The largest Asian sockeye fishery (almost a quarter of the global catch), located on the Ozernaya River on Kamchatka, became the third Russian fishery certified by MSC standards.

Environmental index of russian regions

WWF and RIA Novosti published the first Economic Environmental Index of Russian Regions.

Trans-Siberian dam: work is halted

The company En+ Group and its subsidiary EvroSibEnergo halted design work on the Trans-Siberian Hydroelectric Dam on the Shilka River, a tributary of the Amur until the results of a comprehensive assessment of the dam’s impacts on the ecosystem and socio-economic development of the Amur River are available.

The artic is more valuable than oil

Dangerous drilling in the Prirazlomnoye oil deposit in the Pechora Sea has been delayed for at least one year.

How much for the subsidies?

WWF and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) experts present research on the scale and effectiveness of government subsidies in Russia’s oil and gas sector.

Seas protection law passed

On December 18, 2012 the State Duma passed a law protecting seas from oil pollution that incorporates a majority of the key changes being demanded by environmental groups.

WWF needs your help

WWF-Russia has new horizons ahead and your help is needed in order to address a whole range of challenges. Read about them in our Annual Report 2012.

WWF and society
  • For the fourth time the international Earth Hour event took place in Russia.
  • WWF saved over 35 million roubles in 2012 thanks to the fact that all of WWF’s advertising is produced and placed free of charge.
  • WWF presented a new film — «I choose the forest!»
  • There was an expedition to the Arctic in July. Members of WWF’s Golden Panda Club participated, paying their own way for the majority of expenses and thus enabling Russkaya Arktika National Park to send its staff and equipment on a scientific expedition to Novaya Zemlya archipelago.