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Onega Peninsula: The Last Chance

Environmentalists sound alarm — these expeditions 2010-2011 gg showed massive destruction of unique natural ecosystems Onega Peninsula from industrial logging.

The problem and possible ways to solve representatives of NGOs and scientists told a press conference in Arkhangelsk.

Press Conference — the first event organized in the framework of the project on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development of the Onega Peninsula, implemented regional youth environmental organization "Aetas" featuring Arkhangelsk branch of WWF.

As noted by the representative "Aetas" Alexey Ovchinnikov, Onega Peninsula — a unique area that combines ecological importance, as there are still preserved native taiga forests, which play orgomnuyu role in maintaining a favorable climate of the region and is the habitat for many rare and original way of life coast-dwellers. Pomeranian village life, and their 13 on the peninsula, traditionally associated with the forest. Forest management in the area was carried out by the local population for centuries without harm to the environment, but for the last decade, the industrial development of the forest area is reduced by a third. However, local residents are not allowed to participate in the management of the resource, which belongs to them.

To save this plan the organization of the territory of the national park "Onega Pomerania." However, this process has been delayed by 15 years, during which the proposed protected area decreased from 500 hectares to 180 hectares. According to the plans of the Ministry of Natural Resources park was to be built by 2010, but because of the opposition of regional authorities has not happened so far. Today the Ministry of Natural Resources announced that along with several national parks in 2012, and the park will be created "Onega Pomerania" in Arkhangelsk region. WWF hopes that the long-awaited event finally happens, as If the area does not soon receive protected status, loggers can start cutting and valuable natural system will be destroyed.

"Problems with forest that currently exist on the Onega Peninsula, characteristic of the whole of the Arkhangelsk region and the country as a whole — the head of Arkhangelsk branch of WWF Andrey Shchegolev. — Timber companies operate under Russian law, and it is aimed at the development of the extensive model, in which forest management is based on the development of more and more forests. As a result, we are not only losing valuable natural areas, but also to gain social conflicts. Besides, this way is inefficient economically. "

According to WWF, the creation of the national park will help keep this particular area, but to address the global problem of values and conservation of forest resources for future generations to have a Russian forest legislation and forest management model in the country from extensive to intensive. And in the Arkhangelsk region has all the prerequisites to begin to develop such a model.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

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