BPAN project news

  • 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...
  • Урочище Райалаперя, относящееся к муниципалитету города Хаапавеси − это один из 150 участков государственных земель, которому будет присвоен статус охраняемой территории. Фото: Пертти Хаутала.
    Finland protects 14,800 hectares of state-owned lands
    Finland has allocated 14,800 hectares of state-owned forests and non-productive land and water areas to new protected areas. The list of the 150 sites that will be permanently protected was published in September 2014. Most of the chosen areas are in Southern Finland, but about 6,000 hectares are located in Lapland, Kainuu and Northern Ostrobothnia regions (the Finnish part of the Barents Regio...
  • 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...

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...