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Environmental shock for scholars


Environmental shock for scholars
Tapio Lindholm

Researchers of two countries took a good look at the protected areas in Northwest Russia.

In late April, a presentation of an international Russian-Finnish project took place in Petrozavodsk. The half-a-million-Euro-worth project on studying the protected areas of Northwest Russia had lasted for four years. The study was done by Karelian Research Center of Russian Academy of Science, regional nature protection NGO “SPOK” and Environmental Center of Finland. At a meeting with journalists it was noted that the key issue now – when the project is over – is not to waste the toil of scholars and environmentalists and to find ways to implement their findings in practice.

The study covered six Russian regions: Republic of Karelia, Murmansk, Archangelsk, Vologda and Leningrad regions and St. Petersburg. The protected areas were scrutinized with the help of Landsat space images. According to the director of SPOK Alexander Markovskii, project participants did not limit themselves to investigating just the existing protected areas; they tried to figure out what valuable natural sites “fell out” of the list of protected areas, where some new land should be reserved for protection, and what territories are possible to be removed from the boundaries of strict reserves and national parks.

Mr. Markovskii highlights that Karelia has the smallest share of protected areas making only 4,5 percent of the territory. For comparison, Archangelsk region is second to none with 7,3 percent of the total area of the region being protected by the government. But even Archangelsk region does not meet the international standards claiming that up to 17 percent of land should be protected. Relatively small protected areas of Karelia feature “soft” protection regimes that prohibit one or two types of economic activities. In other words, there are no guarantees that even those 4,5 percent of the territory will not be devastated.

As Mr. Markovskii said, the study identified the basic gaps in locations of areas where the species listed in the Red Data Book were present. It turned out that this issue required closer attention in the republic. “We have things to conserve” – assures Alexander. For instance, space photos showed some territories of international significance that do not have the status of protected areas so far. First of all those are the forests of Pyaozero and Muezerskii areas, where landscape reserves “Pyaozerskii” and “Spokoinyj” are planned as well as the territory of Kalevala National Park, water catchment area of the Ileksa River where landscape reserves Jangozero and Chukozero are planned, Yupauzhsuo swamps being part of the reserve with the same name, and the region of Ladoga Skerries (Ladoga Fjords) where a decision has been made to establish a national park.

Despite the fact that Ladoga Skerries National Park should have been established as early as last year, the bureaucratic hindrances turned out to have prevailed the decisions made by the Federal Government. “Till now the planned protected areas haven’t got their official status, they will permanently face the threat of economic use as it has happened to the valuable forests in Kalevala and Muezerskii districts, that the Government of Karelia leased to OOO Kostomuksha Construction Company for implementing a priority project in the area of forest exploitation”, said Alexander Markovskii.

The chief expert of the Environmental Center of Finland Tapio Lindholm noted that it was the first successful effort of comparing valuable natural territories of Northwest Russia with each other. Lindholm demonstrated a draft book that accumulated the results of the whole study. The book is to be published not only in Russian and Finnish but in English as well. Some regions have, so to say, already taken food for thought. Last year, a new protected area was established on the shore of Lake Onego in Vologda region, and in late April of 2011 Murmansk region made a decision to open a regional reserve called Lapland Forest. “We were shocked”, that was the comment of the experts about how badly overexploited the central and southern parts of Archangelsk region were.

In the opinion of the environmentalists, in many regions consumerist attitude still prevails towards the Russian forest. One of the examples is an almost twenty-year-long story of attempting to establish National Park “Ladoga Skerries”, which should have been opened as early as in 2010. The meeting was informed that in addition to logging on the territory of the planned national part some land is being taken over. As a result, the park might lose its natural value suitable for environmental and educational tourism even before it is established.

Mr. Markovskii added that forests were being logged in the vicinity of Kalevala National Park and Kostomuksha strict reserve. Naturally, environmentalists are concerned. “It’s been announced recently that another priority investment project had been adopted for woodworking plant “Kalevala”, which leased forests in Muezerskii and Kalevala districts”, said Mr. Markovskii. He was worried that once again some valuable parts of Karelian nature might be hewn down by loggers.

Antonina Kramskih

(translated by Vladimir Mineev)

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