© Igor Shpilenok\WWF-Russia

A new protected area in Russia

9 October 2019

Reindeer & Caribou Russia Wildlife

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.

Igor Shpilenok\WWF-Russia

Intact forests are critical for maintaining the ecological balance of the region. They regulate climate, absorb greenhouse gases and release oxygen. Many animals and plants have made these forests their home.

The location is between the Northern Dvina and Pinega rivers, and within the territory of Vinogradovsky, Verkhnetoemsky, Pinezhsky and Kholmogorsky districts of the Arkhangelsk region. The new protected status is crucial for local communities who hunt and fish in the area for traditional livelihoods and will ensure that these communities enjoy these benefits for generations to come. Intensive industrial activities, like mass logging, will not be allowed.