The Importance of the Bikin River
The Bikin River Basin is the last remaining untouched massif of temperate old-growth forests in the Russian Far East, home for the Udege and Nanai indigenous peoples and haven for the Amur tiger.
Maintaining wilderness conditions and traditional resource use is closely connected with the prosperity of indigenous people living in the Bikin River Basin. Mixed Korean pine and broadleaved forests excluded from logging can act as a sink for 112.8 million tons of carbon, helping to stabilize global climate.
Project «Mitigate impacts of climate change through the protection of large scale virgin forests in the Bikin River valley»
Lease of the Korean pine nuts harvesting zone 'Bikinskaya'.
461 154 hectares of virgin forests are leased for 49 years by the tribal community «Tigr» for harvesting non-timber forest products and forest tending. For the first three years rent costs will be covered by the German Development Bank (KfW) with further payments done by «Tigr» itself by selling Korean pine nuts, eleutherococcus, fern, mushrooms and berries.
Special brigades to patrol the territory to prevent poaching and illegal logging formed and equipped;
Fire preventing measures.
Firefighting brigade from the indigenous peoples’ enterprise «Tiger» members trained and equipped with firefighting equipment;
Air Forest Protection Service involved in aerial patrolling of the territory and localization of fires;
Sustainable forest management is ensured by:
- new forest inventory;
- development plan for the forest plot;
- ethnological expertise of the project;
- a set of documents to include the Bikin River basin into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites;
- business plan for non-timber forest resources use;
- management plan for the hunting society
- project for the carbon credits use;
- assessment report on the Bikin River basin value for biodiversity conservation
To tell broad public about the great river and the project a documentary «Bikin River Keepers» was produced; to market in Russia and abroad handicrafts produced by «Tigr» a tri-lingual souvenirs catalogue was published; a series of booklets and leaflets will be issued.
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