BPAN project news

  • Ypäyssuo mainly comprises open aapa mires. Photo: Tapio Lindholm
    One of the Fennoscandia's largest aapa mire massifs was protected in Karelia
    A wetland of international importance has been protected in the Republic of Karelia. The new Ypäyssuo Regional Nature Reserve (zakaznik) comprises 35 000 hectares of undisturbed aapa mire and raised bog massifs. Ypäyssuo is the largest remaining aapa mire massif in Fennoscandia. Only the Vuotos area in Finland has a comparable size and diversity. Ypäyssuo Nature Reserve lies in Kalevalsk...
  • Experts from WWF-Russia carrying out field investigations in Uftyuga-Ileshsky in 2010. Photo: Denis Dobrynin.
    Uftyga-Ileshsky Nature Reserve may be established in 2015
    The planned Uftyuga-Ileshsky Nature Reserve in Eastern Arkhangelsk Region has received a positive conclusion in the state environmental expertice, which means that the reserve may be established already this year. The justification materials of the reserve were prepared by the Barents office of WWF-Russia and Centre of Nature Management and Environmental Protection in Arkhangelsk Region, with s...
  • Näyttelyavajaiset
    Nature has no borders - photography exhibition introduces the unique nature of the Barents Region!
    A photography exhibition featuring nature of the Barents Region was opened on 16 April 2015 in the University of Oulu. Development Manager Tero Väisänen from the Oulu Office of the Finnish Environment Institute opened the exhibition with introducing 25 guests on environmental problems of the Barents Region, and therefore highlighted importance of biodiversity conservation. He also gave credits for...
  • The Barents Euro-Arctic Council Working Group on Environment met in Arkhangelsk in December. Photo: Tapio Lindholm.
    BPAN follow-up work was presented in a meeting of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council Working Group on Environment
    The BPAN project was discussed in a meeting of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council's Working Group on Environment, which was held in Arkhangelsk on December 8-10, 2014. Henna Haapala from the Ministry of the Environment of Finland presented plans for continuation of the BPAN work for the next years. "In 2015-2017, the BPAN follow-up work will focus on the protection of old-growth forests and coa...
  • Green Belt of Fennoscandia promotes conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services along the border.
    New steps in developing the Green Belt of Fennoscandia were discussed in Kuusamo – from strategy to action
    The first international Green Belt of Fennoscandia Dialogue Forum was held on 18th to 20th November in Kuusamo, Finland. The main message of the Forum was that there is strong mutual understanding on the priorities of developing the Green Belt and on the cooperation between Finland, Russia and Norway in biodiversity conservation in the future. Various themes were in discussion. Also the findings o...

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...
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    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...