United Nations Development Programme

Russian Federation

Project Number:00059042
Project Title:Strengthening Protected Area System of the Komi Republic to Conserve Virgin Forest Biodiversity in the Pechora River Headwaters Region
Budget and Source of Funds:US$ 4,500,000 (Global Environmental Facility); US$ 4,428,500 (German Government), US$ 12,580,000 (Government in-kind and parallel co-financing)
Starting Date and Duration:Project Development Fund B (completed): January 2006 - March 2008. Full-sized Project: August 2008 - February 2013
Project Site:Komi Republic
Executing Agency:Rosprirodnadzor of Komi Republic
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00059042 - Strengthening Protected Area System of the Komi Republic to Conserve Virgin Forest Biodiversity in the Pechora River Headwaters Region

Russia is the largest country in the world (17 million km2) and occupies 1/8th of the global land area and most of non-tropical Eurasia. Russia is a repository of globally significant biodiversity hosting 14 Global 200 Ecoregions, eight in their entirety. Russian forests account for about 22% of the worlds forest resources and 40% of the most valuable coniferous stands. The forest estate harbors more than a quarter of the Earths remaining primeval forests, including 10 out of 11 of the Palearctics boreal forests/taiga ecoregions, three Palearactic temperate coniferous forests ecoregions and six of the Palearctics temperate broadleaf ecoregions. To protect its biodiversity, Russia has established an impressive System of Protected Areas (PA), managed by federal, regional and local agencies that cover about 8.5% of countrys area. The proposed project aims to improve the representation of the Scandinavian and Russian taiga and Ural montane forest tundra in the federal, regional and local system of protected areas. The initiative is centered in the Komi Republic (KR) which is a key repository of biodiversity of these ecosystems. This geographic focus is justified for the following reasons: (i) KR shelters the only significant block of pristine forest oriented north-south; this has been included by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the list of 200 global ecological regions and by UNESCO in the List of World Natural Heritage Sites; (ii) the 14 million hectares of pristine boreal ecosystems in the Komi Republic represent almost 35% of the total pristine area remaining in European Russia; and (iii) the KR has demonstrated political commitment to re-design its PA system to capture global biodiversity values more effectively. KR has established a protected area system (PAS) to safeguard its globally significant biodiversity covering 14.6% of its territory, which is almost double the Russian average. The project will support this restructuring process by seeking to enhance the systemic and institutional capacities so manage the redesigned system and to diversify income streams to ensure the PA System is more financially sustainable.

Expected Outcome:

  1. The Protected Areas (PA)System of Komi republic is redesigned so as to better capture globally significant biodiversity.
  2. Increased institutional capacity for management of protected areas within the Komi Republic PA System.
  3. Application of business planning principles result in diversified revenue streams for the Komi Republic PA System.
  4. Improved protected area system in Komi Republic for better conservation of globally important biodiversity and maintenance of carbon pools.

Interim results:

Mid-Term Evaluation Report

Additional information:

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Strengthening Protected Area System of the Komi Republic to Conserve Virgin Forest Biodiversity in the Pechora River Headwaters Region

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Project news:

21.06.2009. Update on the project on strengthening the protected area system of the Republic of Komi

Information updated: 2012-02-20 17:50:25

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