One of the last, untouched areas of European forest is being protected in the Arkhangelsk Region of Russia. After advocating for 17 years, the Dvina-Pinega Nature Reserve is finally being established after tireless work by WWF-Russia and other environmental organizations.
The reserve establishment can be called a historical event. And for WWF-Russia, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, it is the best gift we could have asked for."
Andrey Shchegolev, WWF-Russia’s Forest Program Director
The reserve will protect 300 000 hectares of rapidly disappearing Northern taiga or boreal forest, the last large range of intact forests in Europe. An intact forest is a large area of forest that has not had any significant human activity. These forests are disappearing quickly, and experts estimate that Russia could lose all of them by the end of the century if they are not properly protected.
Where reindeer face extinction
An anti-poaching raid supported by WWF-Russia has uncovered more than 800 locations where wild reindeer appear to have been illegally killed.