WWF-Russia 2013 - Мoscow, 2014, 39 pp. In Russian and English. On the website only
The Annual report describes the major activities of WWF-Russia in the year 2013, including efforts within the major programmes and regional projects, the creation of specially protected areas, conservation of endangered species, activities in Central Asia, and the most significant public actions.
In this report:
WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING BECAME A CRIMINAL OFFENCE
Over a period of more than 10 years, WWF-Russia lobbied for amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation that would raise the penalties for the illegal harvesting, trade and trafficking of endangered species. As of July 2013 – at last – such crimes would now be subject to a criminal penalty up to 7 years imprisonment.
NEW ARRIVAL IN THE CAUCASUS
Four Persian leopard cubs were born last summer at the Breeding and Rehabilitation Center in Sochi National Park.
Within the WWF Bison reintroduction programme in Russia, 10 more animals were released in the Caucasus during 2013.
SNOW LEOPARD: THERE IS HOPE!
In winter 2012-2013, WWF conducted regular anti-poaching operations targeting poachers who used wire snares. This campaign resulted in the reduction in the number of poacher-trappers in the Argut River Basin down to almost zero, while the total number of traps dropped by 75-80% compared to 2010.
PRESIDENT INSTRUCTED TO PROTECT
In November 2013, President Vladimir Putin signed a list of instructions to the Government of Russian Federation concerning the Amur tiger and leopard.
FOR TIGER AND HUMANS
In 2013, WWF completed the drafting of a complex and ambitious program for the restoration of the Caspian tiger that was developed in collaboration with the Government of Kazakhstan.
NEWS FROM PROTECTED NATURE AREAS
NETWORK OF LIFE
In 2013, about 700,000 ha of land were given protected status in Kazakhstan and Kirgizia.
RUSSIA RECEIVES ITS FOREST CONSTITUTION
In September 2013, the Government of the Russian Federation approved the Russian Forest Policy Document.
Over 127,000 people supported the WWF appeal to reinstate a ban on industrial logging in protective forests.
MEMORANDUM FOR THE CONSERVATION OF FORESTS
Over 200,000 ha of large intact forest tracts will be protected from logging within the habitat of the Amur tiger – such is a condition of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between WWF, some other environmental NGOs and the Terneyles group, one of the leading forest logging companies in the Russian Far East.
In 2013, WWF publicised facts about the illegal cutting of valuable tree species in the Russian Far East having reached a critical scale.
FISHING INDUSTRIES GRANTED A CERTIFICATE
Approximately 70% of Alaska pollock harvesting in the Okhotsk Sea and 70% of cod and haddock harvesting in the Barents Sea are certified according to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards.
THE CLIMATE AFTER KYOTO
In 2013, Russia revised its state prognosis and targets on greenhouse gases for the period between 2020 and 2030 and, for the first time, a decline in emissions was predicted instead of a growth.
For the first time ever, WWF’s project on the conservation of cedar pine-broadleaved forests in the Russian Far East has received so-called «climate funding». The funds that have been transferred to the TIGER indigenous community will allow for the protection of forest and its wildlife from illegal logging and poaching and also for the development of traditional forms of resource use, such as the harvesting of nuts and medicinal plants.
PEACE ON THE UKOK PLATEAU
Public pressure resulted in Gasprom cancelling plans to construct the Altai gas pipeline that would have built through the Ukok Nature Park.
A BREAK FOR WHALES
Thanks to the well-organised eff orts of environmental NGOs, Sakhalin Energy has postponed its decision on the construction of a new oil rig in the Sea of Okhotsk, a key habitat of the grey whale.
Released at April 2014
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