Russia's global treasure: a national network of protected land needs help.When most Americans think of Russian nature, they think of environmental catastrophe--Chernobyl, oil spills This is a list of oil spills throughout the world. Large Oil Spills to Date
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Spill / Tanker Location Date *Tons of crude oil link , pollution. Yet Russia, with one-eighth of the Earth's land area, has one of the world's premiere systems of strictly protected areas, called "zapovedniks." Few people outside Russia know of the system or its important part in sustaining the global ecological balance. Large tracts of virgin forest play a role in global ecology comparable to rain forests. Intact areas of wilderness allow large-scale animal migrations. Scientific data long collected in the zapovednik system could shed light on global climate change and ecological trends.
Russia's first strict nature reserve--Barguzinsky Zapovednik--was founded in 1916 on the eastern shore of Lake Baikal Noun 1. Lake Baikal - the largest freshwater lake in Asia or Europe and the deepest lake in the world
Baikal, Baykal, Lake Baykal
Siberia - a vast Asian region of Russia; famous for long cold winters to protect the endangered Barguzin sable. By the 1940s, the system had grown to 31 million acres. But in 1951, Josef Stalin cut the reserves down to fewer than four million acres, opening up protected areas for exploitation. Scientists fought to restore the system and today Russia's 100 zapovedniks cover 83 million acres or 1.4 percent of the country. Zapovedniks harbor natural wonders, from the geysers The examples and perspective in this USA may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
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This is an alphabetical list of notable geysers, a type of erupting hot spring:
The Saiga (Saiga tatarica) is an antelope which originally inhabited a vast area of the eurasian steppe zone from the foothils of the Carpathians and Caucasus into Dzungaria , Russian desman The Russian Desman (Desmana moschata) (Russian: выхухоль) is a small semi-aquatic mammal that inhabits the Volga, Don and Ural River basins in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. and black stork Noun 1. black stork - Old World stork that is glossy black above and white below
stork - large mostly Old World wading birds typically having white-and-black plumage
Ciconia, genus Ciconia - type genus of the Ciconiidae: European storks .
"Nowhere else has a country made such a commitment to strictly protecting nature as in the zapovednik network," says Margaret Williams Margaret Williams is a former municipal politician in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She served as a councillor from 1991 to 2000, representing the city's first ward.
Williams was a prominent community figure prior to her election. (no relation to the author), director of the Center for Russian Nature Conservation (CRNC CRNC College Republican National Committee
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CRNC Completely Reliable Network Concepts (NYC area Web hosting firm) ) in Washington, D.C. "In the U.S., we have no public areas that are entirely protected from human impacts. That is the founding tenet of zapovedniks." Williams became enamored en·am·or
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Today Russia is struggling to uphold its commitment to conservation in the face of economic woes. During the breakup of the Soviet Union, government funding for the system fell 90 percent. Protected areas struggled to keep their experienced staff and safeguard their territories from poachers and economic exploitation. Realizing that the future of this important natural legacy was in the balance, international conservation agencies such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF See Windows Workflow Foundation. ), the MacArthur Foundation MacArthur Foundation: see John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. and the World Bank provided emergency funding in the early 1990s.
Russian scientist Victor Nikiforov approached WWF in 1991 with a plan to protect fragile Arctic habitats from growing pressures of oil and gas development. Two years later, with $50,000 from WWF, Nikiforov organized the Great Arctic Zapovednik, the world's largest strictly protected nature reserve. In the next few years, Nikiforov's role was paramount in the creation of four other zapovedniks, increasing the acreage protected in the Russian North by 50 percent.
Nikiforov is concerned that these lands might once again come under attack. "The Russian Arctic harbors some of the last global reserves of fossil fuels," he says. "The current policy of the Russian government promotes extraction of natural resources, while nature conservation and the environment have dissipated into the background." Recent large-scale development projects backed by western companies call for construction of oil pipelines and chemical processing of gold in close proximity to Arctic zapovedniks. Damming of rivers, commercial logging and extraction of fuels and metals also threaten the integrity of protected lands.
Economic pressures on protected areas accelerated in 2000 when Russian President Vladimir Putin abolished the State Committee for Environmental Protection, which managed the zapovednik system, and transferred its functions to the Ministry of Natural Resources along with the country's burgeoning national parks This is a list of national parks ordered by nation. Africa
If ensuring protection of zapovedniks is not a government priority, then the public must be enlisted to help safeguard Russia's natural heritage.
In 1996, Irina Sannikova had been working as a ranger in Khakassky Zapovednik in southern Siberia for only a week when a grass fire sparked her interest in working with the public. She invited a local television station to report on the damage human-induced fires caused to steppe habitats and discovered that local people were interested and wanted to know more. She organized lectures in schools, printed a newsletter, and invited people on excursions to the protected lands.
Realizing that environmental education activities cost money, and with the government only supporting staff salaries, she decided to fund other funding. Wielding her charm and worthy cause, Sannikova won support for education activities from local businesses. Then she went to the Deputy Director of the Sayan Aluminum Plant in her region--one of the largest plants in Russia--and was given the funds she needed.
With support from business and industry, Sannikova established a regional foundation for environmental education, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for her activities. With public support gaining momentum throughout Russia's zapovednik system, she helped create a national foundation for zapovedniks called Protected Russia.
"Russian industry is starting to blossom, and nature should blossom right along side it," Sannikova says. She has won support not by focusing on conflicts between nature conservation and development objectives, but by unifying people in industry and environment. "Every zapovednik needs a Sayan Aluminum Plant," Sannikova says. "One step at a time. You don't get berries in the spring--first you get flowers." CONTACT: Center for Russian Nature Conservation, (202)778-9573, www.russianconservation.org; If you order a 2004 wall calendar on Russian zapovedniks from www.wildrussia.org, proceeds will support Russian conservation.