BPAN project news

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    Russian planned protected areas in spotlight
    Did you know that one of the last herds of the endangered wild forest reindeer can be found in the planned Dvina-Pinega Landscape Reserve in the Arkhangelsk region? Or that in the Kola Peninsula there are several areas critical for the ecological balance of the region, such as old-growth forests and large mire complexes, spring fens and slope bogs, coastal meadows, mountain tundra, ravines and roc...
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    Barents Region from Space
    A series of satellite images representing the nature of the Barents Region and the threats posed to it has been recently published by the BPAN project. The imaginary reveals the diversity of northern natural ecosystems from Arctic tundra and seashores to boreal forests and mires. Some of the images represent the most valuable and unique habitats in the region. The various threats, such as clear...
  • Characteristics and Representativeness of the PA network in the Barents Region
    A new publication on characteristics and representativeness of the protected area network published
    A new report presents the results of an analysis of the characteristics and representativeness of the protected area network in the Barents Region based on a large amount of GIS data. The report evaluates the current state of the protected area network in comparison with the global Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity that aim to halt the loss of biodiversity by 202...
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    Report on nature values of Zaonezhye Peninsula published
    The area of Zaonezhye in the the Republic of Karelia includes Zaonezhye Peninsula(Zaonezhsky Peninsula; Заонежский полуостров in Russian transcription) which juts out into Lake Onega, occupying central part of its northern coast,  as well as two adjacent peninsulas, Lizhma and Sjar  separated by the long and narrow bays of Lake Onegaand  an archipelago of numerous islands, also known as Kizhi sker...
  • 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...

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...