The Bikin River Valley, home to Russia’s last remaining virgin coniferous forests, is under threat. With the help of the local population, efforts are underway to preserve the green cover.
The Bikin River Valley in Far Eastern Russia is home to several endangered species. The sprawling coniferous forests also store huge amounts of carbon dioxide, making them a vital parts of efforts to protect the climate. But the green cover is increasingly threatened by deforestation. The indigenous population is hoping to halt the destruction and has leased the valley together with environmental groups. They’re being supported by international climate protection initiatives.