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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: April 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 of the Russian Hydrometeorological Service was commisioned with the assessment of climate change effects in the recent past (1990-2016), the scenarios for the following three decades and until the end of the millenium.
  • The TORs and the workplan for the assessment of the current network of protected areas was prepared
  • The project presented and reconciled the workplan for the cooperation with indigenous and local communities with the administration of the autonomous districts of the Nenets and Chukchi people.

Project data

Russian Federation

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

Partner institution:
  • 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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