The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia plans to increase the area of protected areas in several regions of Russia and Central Asia by 10% — up to 122 million hectares, which will create a network of interconnected protected areas, according to a new five-year environmental strategy, the World Wildlife Fund ( WWF) Russia.
"To save the species, maintaining the integrity and sustainability of ecosystems will create ecological networks" Econet "covering in the Far East — 16 million hectares (habitat of tiger and leopard) in the Altai-Sayan — 10 million hectares (habitat of the snow leopard and argali mountain sheep), in the Arctic — 90 million hectares (15% of the Arctic ecosystems, including 4% of sea), in the Caucasus — 1.1 million hectares (29% of mountain ecosystems), in Central Asia — 5 million hectares (30% of the range tiger, leopard and cheetah), "- said in a strategy.
As explained by the RIA Novosti news coordinator of WWF-Russia biodiversity Vladimir Krever, "Econet" includes two types of natural areas: nature reserves, national parks and similar protected areas (PAs) are a core network with strict environmental regime, on the other hand in the protected network are adjacent to protected areas hunting or forestry.
"In fact, no matter what status has the adjoining territory. Example, it could be forestry, where in September banned logging, since it is known that in this time the tiger goes from one protected area to another. Cuttings may hinder the movement of the predator . course, we must remember that this is a very crude example, but that's the point of a network, "- said Krever.
Fund representative also said that the area protected networks in the regions specified above will be 10% of the existing protected areas.