Conservation of Biodiversity in the Northern Regions of Russia to achieve CBD Goals through Extension and Strengthening of a Protected Areas Network adapted to Climate Change. - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Conservation of Biodiversity in the Northern Regions of Russia to achieve CBD Goals through Extension and Strengthening of a Protected Areas Network adapted to Climate Change.

As of: March 2020

Objective and activities

Half of the arctic territory forms part of Russia, which therefor has a high responsability for the survival of its unique biodiversity. Arctic ecosystems are particularly threatened by climate change, but on the other hand offer great opportunities to contribute to the implementation of the CBD targets. The project aims at designing a network of protected areas, which anticipates the effects of climate change and the increasing industrial development. In doing so, every arctic biom and traditional way of life shall be considered and integrated. At the same time, the impacts of climate change to the region's economic development will be assessed in order to mitigate negative effects on biodiversity. Adapatation plans for indigenous and traditional communities will be designed and piloted.

State of implementation/results

  • The Geophysical Observatory (MGO) of the Russian Hydrometeorological Service completed the analysis of recent climate changes, the following three decades and by the end of the century in the northern regions of Russia in January 2018.
  • A model for climate-smart protected areas was developed. For the Russian Arctic, 85 areas were identified, 46 of them in the project regions. Based on this, a report on "Climate change and impacts on habitats and vegetation" was published.
  • At the end of June 2019, the regional reserve "Kolguyevskiy Zakaznik" was designated in the Nenets Autonomous District. 5 further protected areas are planned: Kytalyk National Park, Spoonbilled Sandpiper Coast Nature Park and 3 regional protected areas, „Zakaznik Vivi Lake“ in the district Krasnoyarsk (Taimyr Region) and "Ugorski" and "Jasma-Negnensinski" in the Nenets Autonomous District.
  • Management plans for the national park "Beringia" and the zapovednik "Wrangel Island" in the Chukotka region were completed. Preparatory work for the development of management plans for five further protected areas in the Nenets Autonomous District has begun (zapovednik "Nenetsky", zakazniks "Kolguevky" and "Vaigachsky", Nature Park "North Timan" and natural monument "Pym-va-shor").
  • In order to establish the SMART monitoring tool, various training courses have been conducted and the tool has been tested.
  • The relationship of Arctic protected areas to the local population was the subject of a study and in meetings of representatives of NGOs, protected areas and experts for social projects.
  • In order to better understand the needs and interests of indigenous communities in the northern regions, an ethnological-socioeconomic overview study of the various indigenous minorities was conducted.
  • In social media the user community "Khraniteli Severa" (Northern Nature Keepers) was founded to motivate committed (young) people from the target regions to network and to publish information about climate change, its impacts and project-relevant information. Together with the initiative, a series of training courses for local Arctic residents were offered to stimulate local project initiatives in nature conservation and thus to establish project themes and objectives in the target regions. Online seminars with professional trainers were conducted.
  • For the second time, participants of the "Northern Nature Keepers" initiative have produced films depicting people's culture, life and connection to Arctic nature. Informations abut the activities of The Northern Nature Keepers have been published here:…,…,…
  • In order to obtain information about distribution, migration routes, key areas of wild reindeer and to monitor them with regard to the influence of climate change, the Taimyr Zapovednik administration was equipped with satellite transmitters for reindeer. Ten reindeer have so far been equipped with satellite transmitters.
  • WWF developed a report with recommendations for the conservation of the Taimyr population of wild reindeer
  • An information and cultural centre for the Beringia National Park was established.
  • An online survey covering 500 people from each region (Nenets, Chukotka, and Taimyr Region) was conducted to determine the attitude towards protected areas and the Arctic of online audiences.

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Project data

Russian Federation

Implementing organisation:
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Germany

Partner institution(s):
  • Agency on Management of Protected Areas - Krasnoyarsk Territory, Association of Traditional Marine Mammal Hunters of Chukotka (ATMMHC), Council for the Study of Productive Forces, Department of Agriculture Policy and Management - Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Department of Natural Resources and Environment - Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment - Russia, National Park Beringia (Природно-этнический парк Берингия), Pacific Scientific Research Fisheries Center) - Chukot TINRO (ТИНРО-центра), Russian Academy of Sciences - PAH) - Russia ," Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East of the Russian Federation) (RAIPON) - Russia", State Nature Reserve Wrangel Island, Taymir Reserve (Таймырский заповедник)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Russia

BMU grant:
8.400.929,00 €

04/2017  till  03/2024


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