Co-operation for nature conservation in northwest Russia

The main targets of the cooperation on nature conservation in northwest Russia has been to promote the conservation of biodiversity and to support the development of a representative network of protected areas. Cooperation has continued since the 1970s in form of working groups, projects, expeditions and joint publications. Long-term nature conservation cooperation has contributed to the establishment of new protected areas and dense networks of experts.

Nature conservation cooperation has been implemented between Finland and Russia and as joint projects between Nordic countries and northwest Russia. The Barents Protected Area Network project (BPAN, 2011-2017) and the work on the English edition of the publication “Gap Analysis of Northwest Russia” were the follow-up projects for the Finnish–Russian Development Programme on Sustainable Forest Management and Conservation of Biodiversity in Northwest Russia (1997-2011).

Old forest in Karelia, Russia © Jyri Mikkola



Project Leader Anna Kuhmonen, Finnish Environment Institute,, tel. +358 295 251 322


Two new nature conservation areas to Russia near the Finnish border 2018-01-15
At the end of the Year of the Environment 2017 Russia decided to establish a new National Park in the Lake Ladoga archipelago and a new Nature Park on the islands of the Eastern Gulf of Finland and the surrounding waters. Both of these conservation areas have a counterpart on the Finnish side of the border.
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Published 2013-05-06 at 15:28, updated 2023-08-11 at 15:43
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