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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: June 2019

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 (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.
  • A first draft of the model for climate-smart protected areas was developed for Nenets Autonomous Area, Taimyr District, with adjacent areas of Evenks Autonomous Area, Chukchi Autonomous Area and adjacent areas of Yakutia.
  • The studies on management effectiveness and performance of protected areas in Nenets Autonomous Area, Chukchi Autonomous Area and the Taimyr District were completed.
  • At the request of the government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the first steps towards the establishment of the new national park "Kytalyk" were supported due to new climate-related hazard factors for the world's most important breeding area of the globally endangered nun crane.
  • In the social media Facebook, Instagram and Vcontacts, the user community "Khraniteli Severa" ("Northern Nature Keepers") was founded to motivate committed (especially young) adults 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 with a first group of 46 participants.
  • In May 2018, participants of the “Northern Nature Keepers” Initiative produced three films at the AK der Nenzen that show people's culture, life and connection to Arctic nature. These films received positive attention, among others from the Duma of the Nenets Autonomous Area.…
  • 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. A video and online articles about the reindeer montoring:…………

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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

04/2017 till 03/2024


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