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: October 2018
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 project was officially launched at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 02, 2017.
- The Geophysical Observatory (MGO) of the Russian Hydrometeorological Service completed the analysis of recent climate changes (1990-2016), the following three decades and by the end of the century in the northern regions (Nenets Autonomous Area, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, Taimyr District, Sakha Republic, Chukchi Autonomous Area) of Russia in January 2018. Once the work is complete, a summary publication of the results of the climate-change studies, predicted changes in ecosystems, biodiversity studies, studies on industrial development and studies on land use of local communities is planned for early 2019.
- The TORs and the work plan for the assessment of the current network of protected areas was prepared
- The project presented and reconciled the work plan for the cooperation with indigenous and local communities with the administration of the autonomous districts of the Nenets and Chukchi people.
- On request of the government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) due to new climate-change-related risk factors for the world's most important breeding area of the globally endangered Siberian Crane, the first steps towards the foundation of the new national park "Kytalyk" were supported.
- The user community “Khraniteli Severa" ("Protector of the North") was founded in the social media Facebook, Instagram and Vkontakte to motivate committed (especially young) adults from the target regions to network and through which information on climate change, its effects and project-relevant information will be published. Within a short time (since the beginning of March 2018 until the end of April 2018), approximately 150 users from the three target regions have already registered. About 100 users will participate in an online coaching for the development of small nature conservation projects.