BPAN project news

  • Вид на полуостров Средний. Фото: Ольга Петрова.
    Arctic peninsulas become nature park
    A new nature park has been established on the Rybachy and Sredny peninsulas in Murmansk Region. The peninsulas are located on the Barents Sea coast near the Russian-Norwegian border. The protection decision was made by the Murmansk Regional Government on November 14th, 2014. The Rybachy and Sredny Peninsulas were a closed militarized area until 2010, when they were opened up to the public. ...
  • Денис Добрынин из отделения WWF-России в Баренц-регионе и Анна Кухмонен из Института окружающей среды Финляндии представили опыт охраны природы в Баренц-регионе в 12-ой Конференции сторон Конвенции о биологическом разнообразии.
    Experience of nature protection in the Barents Region presented on the highest international level
    The 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity was held in the Pyeongchang (Republic of Korea) between October 6th and 17th, 2014. Some thousands of delegates - including representatives of governments, nature protection NGOs, scientific institutions and indigenous peoples - from 190 countries of the world took part in the Conference. The event revolved around issu...
  • Гора Кайта в одноименном природном заповеднике. Фото: Н. Котеленец/М. Плетц
    Old-growth forest area "Kaita" protected in Murmansk Region
    The forest and fell area "Kaita" was established as a nature reserve (zakaznik) by the Murmansk Regional Government on November 14th. The new protected area includes one of the largest old-growth forest areas in North West Russia. Kaita Nature Reserve is located in the Kandalaksha and Kovdor municipal districts in the southwestern part of Murmansk Region. The area of the new nature reserve is 1...
  • Новое «красно-зеленое» правительство Швеции приступило к работе в октябре 2014 года. В коалицию вошли Социал-демократическая партия и Партия зеленых. Успешность работы правительства зависит также от поддержки в парламенте  от Левой партии. Фото: Фредерик Форсмарк.
    Sweden may assign more money to nature protection
    The new Swedish government has suggested an increase in the budget for environmental issues and nature protection. Annual funding for protection of forests is proposed to increase with the equivalent of 70 milj EUR (640 milj SEK) and funding for management of protected areas and endangered species is proposed to increase with the equivalent of 38 milj EUR (350 milj SEK). The government's bu...
  • Teachers on ecotrail. Photo: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Komi
    School teachers of the Syktyvdin municipality in the workshop on ecological trails in Pechora-Ilych Nature Reserve
    In August Center of Protected Areas of the Republic of Komi organized a workshop on ecological trails and the protected areas in the Barents Region for school teachers of Syktyvdin municipality in Pechora-Ilych State Nature Reserve. The goal was to become familiar with the methodology of establishing nature trails. Besides that, teachers heard about the materials of the BPAN project (Barents Prote...

Barents regional nature conservation news

  • Rohkunborri National Park (Photo: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, bjornfree.com)
    National parks protect unique nature in Norway
    Network of protected areas is constantly developing in the Barents Region as nature conservation areas are being established. Protected areas are the one most important tools to secure biodiversity especially as exploitation of natural resources and climate change are threatening the vulnerable northern nature. The positive development is visible also in Norway where two national parks have bee...
  • Signing the agreement. (Photo: Press service of the Government of the Arkhangelsk Region)
    The Government of the Arkhangelsk Region and WWF Russia signed an agreement on environmental cooperation
    The document will form the basis for cooperation to develop the network of protected areas, conservation and sustainable use of forests and protection of rare species. WWF Russia hopes that the agreement will, in the very near future, promote the establishment of a new protected area; a landscape reserve in the intact forest between the Northern Dvina and Pinega Rives. WWF Russia has been worki...
  • Gridino reserve in the Republic of Karelia. (Photo: Ekaterina Polevaya)
    New protected areas in the Republic of Karelia
    In 2013, two new regional protected areas were established in the Republic of Karelia: Gridino complex reserve (zakaznik) and Kumi-Porog nature monument. The regional nature monument Kumi-porog is situated in the Kalevalsky municipality, covering 3 475 hectares of natural area surrounding the Voynitsa River and waterfalls Kumi, Dyrkino and Tuhko. It represents ecologically as well recreationall...
  • Landscape in the Onega Pomorye National Park (Photo: Antonina Kuliasova)
    WWF organized expedition to the Onega Pomorye National Park
    WWF organized an expedition in the newly established National Park Onega Pomorye, Arkhangelsk Region, from July 29 to August 8. Members of the expedition were environmental scientists and experts from Russia (Arkhangelsk, Vologda, St. Petersburg), and Norway. Within 10 days, they studied the natural values of the area and consulted with the residents of Pomorian villages. "The sites are simp...
  • Cover of the English Edition.
    Gap analysis in northwest Russia available in English
    Northwest Russia still boasts huge, intact forest and mire landscapes that have, when it comes to size and biodiversity, no match in Europe. Currently many of these areas have no protection status. Thus, they are decreasing and becoming increasingly fragmented due to logging and other human activities. Atlas of high conservation value areas, and analysis of gaps and representativeness of the pr...