BPAN news

  • From Barents to the whole European Green Belt
    9th Pan-European Green Belt Conference was held from 31st October to 3rd November 2016 in Koli, Finland. More than 125 participants from 24 countries were building networks and learning about cooperation and activities along the European Green Belt. Also, many BPAN partners were present in the conference. Focus was on conserving the ecological network of high-value natural and cultural l...
  • Forest protection in the Barents Region was discussed in St. Petersburg
    A two-day meeting was organized in St. Petersburg, from 24th to 25th of January, to discuss the high conservation value forests and their connectivity in the Barents Region, with a special focus on Northwest Russia. The transboundary Barents Region is one of the largest remaining intact natural ecosystems on Earth. Forests, mires, fish, minerals, oil and gas are valuable natural resources in ...
  • Marine experts building conclusions on valuable northern coastal areas
    Workshop on coastal areas in the Barents Region was held in Murmansk, Russia, 15-16th of June 2016. A two-day workshop brought 26 marine protected area experts together to exchange knowledge on the existing and planned protected coastal areas as well as known ecologically sensitive areas. They were preparing and reviewing maps that present these areas in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Rus...
  • Workshop on high conservation value forests and forest ecosystem connectivity
    Västerbotten County Administrative Board hosted a pre-Christmas workshop on high conservation value (HCV) forests and forest ecosystem connectivity on 17 December in Umeå, Västerbotten, Sweden. In the workshop 20 nature conservation experts from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia discussed the information on high conservation value forests in the Barents Region. Director Mats-Rune Bergström...
  • BPAN as a nature conservation showcase in the IUCN Forum
    BPAN Project was present at the 2015 IUCN Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North & Central Asia as a showcase success from the Barents Region on 14th Dec, 2015 in Helsinki. BPAN exhibition got a lot of positive attention in the exhibition area of the Forum. The Forum was held at the Main Building of the University of Helsinki. Special interest for the project was shown by the pre...

Barents regional nature conservation news

  • New national park to the Barents Region in 2017
    Finland will establish a new national park to Hossa situating in Suomussalmi municipality in Kainuu region. The new Hossa National Park in Kainuu, Finland will be established to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence. The nature in Hossa is very diverse. In the area there are three main waterways meeting and over 100 of clear-watered lakes and ponds. Also considerable amount of mire...
  • Large undisturbed forest areas protected in the Arkhangelsk Region
    The Uftyugo-Ileshsky Landscape Reserve in the Arkhangelsk Region has now been officially established after several years of planning. The BPAN project has supported the establishment of this new protected area which safeguards the intact forest landscape and several red-listed species. The news on the approval of the decree on the establishment of the landscape reserve of regional significa...
  • 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...