About three million dollars will be allocated in 2013 to projects to support maritime and steppe reserves in Russia, the head of the Environmental Protection Department of the UNDP in Russia Natalia Olofinskaya.
"The projects on marine protected areas (PAs) about 1.5-2 million dollars will be spent in 2013-2014. This funding not only for infrastructure and technical assistance, but also the various study visits and procedures. Whereas projects in steppe reserve $ 1.5 million is planned for 2013, "- said Olofinskaya RIA Novosti.
As explained by the companion agency, UNDP uses the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support biodiversity in nature reserves and national parks in Russia.
"By 2015, ongoing projects that will help the federal and regional protected areas — and the infrastructure and training, and guidelines. Two largest project — is to support marine natural areas and the strengthening of the steppe protected areas in Russia", — said Olofinskaya.
In particular, UNDP funds had bought a boat for the Commander of the reserve in the Far East, running training courses for reserves in the Transbaikal, Kalmykia and Orenburg to extinguish wildfires. Also planned restoration of the population of Przewalski's horse reserve and in the Orenburg steppe marmot in the Central Chernozem Reserve.
Day of national parks in Russia is celebrated on January 11 every year since 1997 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia and the Biodiversity Conservation Center. It was January 11, 1917 in the north-eastern shore of Lake Baikal was created oldest Russian Barguzin reserve. The purpose of its creation was to restore the number of sable.
Today in Russia there are 102 reserves and 43 national parks, and more than 12 000 national parks, game reserves, natural monuments and other areas protected by the federal or regional level. They are the only safe habitat for these unique species as the Amur tiger, the Amur leopard, snow leopard, and White-naped crane many others.