United Nations Development Programme

Russian Federation

Focus Area: Environment
Priority Area: Biodiversity
Project Number: 00047769, 00014615, 00014617
Project Title: Demonstrating Sustainable Conservation of Biological Diversity in Four Protected Areas in Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, I and II phase
Budget and Source of Funds: US$ 16,043,070, of which GEF - US$ 7,600,000 and CIDA – CAD 4,975,000
Starting Date and Duration: January 2002 - March 2011
Project Site: Kamchatka Krai
Executing Agency: Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation
Partnerships: Kamchatka Kray Administration, Directorates of protected areas, UNESCO, WWF, IUCN, KamchatNIRO, local environmental NGOs, local communities and indigenous people groups
Project Status: ongoing
Delivery: 2002: US$ 190,494.17; 2003: US$ 1,331,509.25; 2004: US$ 975,981.59; 2005: US$ 1,293,102.6; 2006:US$ 864,389.95; 2007: US$ 1,874,211.46; 2008: US$ 1,384,400; 2009: 2009: US$ 1,802,483; 2010: US$ 1,213,000.00

National Project Director:

V.B. Stepanitsky
Deputy Head of Unit, Department of state policy and regulation in the field of environment protection and security, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation

National Project Manager:

Andrey Starikov Tel: +7 (41522) 9-08-24

Address Karl Marx Ave. 29/1 room 400 Fax: +7 (41522) 9-08-24

City Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski E-mail:

Responsible Unit:

Energy and Environment

For more information please contact:

Ms. Natalia Olofinskaya,

Head of Unit

Tel: +7 (495) 7872139

Project Document: download

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00047769, 00014615, 00014617 - Demonstrating Sustainable Conservation of Biological Diversity in Four Protected Areas in Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, I and II phase


The project will help to secure the global benefits of preserving biological diversity in all protected areas in the Kamchatka Oblast by demonstrating replicable, sustainable approaches to biodiversity conservation in four existing representative protected areas. Its immediate objective is to demonstrate approaches for sustainable and replicable conservation of biodiversity in four different existing protected areas.

Expected Outcome:

• Effectiveness of the four protected areas in conserving their biodiversity will be improved through strengthened institutional capacity for their governance and management;

• Sustainable alternative biodiversity-supporting economic development activities for local communities will be promoted so as to decrease pressure on the PAs’ biodiversity, and community involvement in conservation will be increased;

• Awareness of and support for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development will be heightened among all stakeholders;

• Sustainable protected area and biodiversity conservation supporting financing mechanisms will be established;

• Mechanisms for transferring and replicating best practices and lessons learned will be developed and implemented through ministerial and NGO channels throughout Kamchatka and the Russian Federation.

Interim results:

Project Implementation Report (PIR) 2006

Project Implementation Report (PIR) 2007

Project Implementation Report (PIR) 2008

Project Implementation Report (PIR) 2009

Project Implementation Report (PIR) 2010

Mid-Term Evaluation Report

Additional information:

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Project news:

10.08.2010. The Project conducted an independent sociological survey to determine the level of awareness of biodiversity values and willingness to change behavior.

30.07.2010. The project received the final report on state of indicator species in Kamchatka’s protected areas. The purpose of the work was to assess the state of the indicator species populations. The report covers the present-day state and future of the following indicator species populations: reindeer, sable, Steller’s sea eagle and Arctic falcon.

30.06.2010 Zapovednaya Territoriya newspaper, a project publication, was rewarded a certificate of acknowledgement at the Crimea 2010 International Conference. The newspaper participated in the all-Russia competition “Contribution of Libraries to Ecology and Education” and won the first place in the nomination “The Best publication in Conservation Field”. .

30.04.2010 A training for Kamchatka's conservation organizations was held in PA training center Our Sphere /. Among attendees were such organizations as Kamchatka Ecotourism society, Youth center Voskhozhdeniye, Volunteer Movement Green Trace and employees of protected areas.

21.04.2010 Project developed conservation classes for inclusion in regional schools' curicullae – aids devoted to Kamchatka Biodiveristy Conservation. Ministry of Education and Science of Kamchatka Krai recomended the classes for publication and distribution among high schools.

19.02.2010 Seminar “Practice of use of GIS in PA management. Replicating of the UNDP Project experience” was held in the educational-methodological center “Our Sphere” the PA Association of Kamchatka Krai.

15.02.2010 On the 28th and 29th of January in the regional library of Stepan Kresheninnikov the extended session of the task group of indigenous people of the North of Kamchatka Krai of the UNDP/GEF Project “Biodiversity Conservation on Kamchatka 4 PA” took place.

12.02.2010 In December 2009 the program of exchange of experience of the use of traditional knowledge of the indigenous people of Kamchatka and Khabarovsky Krai took place.

04.12.2009 The international training seminar for PA management, organized by the UNDP/GEF Project, the Kamchatka PA Association Training Center with participation of the International Consortium of PA Management took place in the Cultural center of the Regional Library in December 01 – 03, 2009.

UNDP organises a tour for Russian experts to study European experience in protected areas development

The first ecological festival tooks place in Kamchatka with UNDP support

Small Grant Programme successfully completed in Bystrinsky district of Kamchatka

Information updated: 2011-03-28 17:34:52

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