WWF has announced the winners of grants for nature reserves and national parks in 2013

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced the winners of grants for nature reserves and national parks in 2013. "The winners of the competition will receive XV 4 grants of up to 500 thousand rubles. They will be directed to projects on conservation and restoration of rare species of animals and plants and their habitats"- Said Pauline Zhbanova, coordinator of WWF Russia on Protected Areas.

Grants World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia received four reserves for conservation projects in the Red animals and plants — Desman near Kaluga and seals in the Okhotsk Sea, mountain goats in the Sikhote-Alin and orchids in Mordovia said Thursday the fund.

Help with rare orchids

On the territory of Mordovia State Reserve them. PG Smidovich 3 known species of vascular plants of the Red Book of the Russian family of Orchids: a real lady's slipper, neottianta Cephalanthera cucullata and red. The populations of these plants were affected by fires in 2010.

To restore the rare orchids, the reserve uses micropropagation laboratory-based cell engineering of biological faculty of Moscow State University. NP Ogareva. The resulting plants Reserve uses to restore the affected populations. 

Help Steller sea lions

On the island Matykil (Yamskov Islands), on the reserve "Magadan", is the most northerly in Russia reproductive rare sea lion rookery — sea lions. The peculiarity of this grouping is that it exists in isolation from others, and for this reason, very vulnerable. Despite the well-established security in the reserve, the animals are in constant danger during migration, when they are forced to cross areas of intense fishing.

Steller sea lions are often caught in fishing trawls and die. But accurate information about the magnitude of mortality of sea lions there. Rate it can be on their numbers in the breeding sites and to return the tagged animals breeding ground — on about. Matykil.

To maintain year-round and long-term monitoring of the numbers of animals, Magadan reserve by a grant from WWF camera traps set at the rookery. Based on information from the photo booth can determine the status of the population and to develop measures for its protection.

Help Amur Goral

One of the largest populations of goral inhabits in the Sikhote-Alin Reserve, on the rocky areas of the coast. The bulk of the population — about 100-150 individuals — centered in the hole Abrek. This "island", far from the main part of the boundary of the reserve of more than 20 km and is surrounded by a non-protected areas. It is intensively used for agricultural purposes and is easily accessible to poachers because of the large number of roads and possible approaches to the sea.

With the victory in the contest WWF, the Sikhote-Alin Reserve will strengthen the protection of the existing population of the mountain with the help of photo-and video recording. The system will document the violations of the protected mode. Modern cameras, recorders can not only receive videos and photos, but also to transfer images to a cell phone or e-mail of the reserve, which will be responsive to illegal entry into the territory.

Hidden camera with MMS-module will be installed at the boundary of the reserve in the places where the most celebrated visits poachers — on the road and the sea shore. They will give the opportunity not only to know the offenders in the face, but also to bring to justice caught red-handed.

Help Russian Desman

National Park "Ugra" with the help of a grant WWF will review the current state of Russian muskrat populations in the Kaluga region. The project is provided including a questionnaire about the meetings of the population with this rare and secretive animal, inhabiting almost exclusively in the territory of Russia.

Assessment of the group of rare animal and desman land in the national park will prepare the base for the reintroduction of Russian Desman in Zhizdrinsky oxbow National Park next year.

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