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Protected Areas in the Russian Federation
Written by Philip Burgess   
Friday, 16 July 2010 18:40
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small_russiaWWF recently published a map of the protected areas of the Russian Federation, which when combined amount to an area larger than the size of Switzerland. A quick look at the map shows just how small this is in the context of Russia, which is a vast territory. Few of these areas are in the large areas of reindeer husbandry, such as the Yamal Peninsula, the Republic of Sakha Yakutia and the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug and they are highly fragemented. However, the Russian decision to boost its national protected areas to nearly 3 percent of its territory by 2020 is a move which helps the country to meet its international obligations to protect biodiversity.

The Russian government’s decision establishes 9 new nature reserves and 13 national parks covering a total area of over 3.8 million ha by 2020. Russia is also introducing marine buffer zones of over 1 million ha.

See the map here. Source - WWF
Protected Areas, Russia
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