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Kamchatka belongs to the most scenery and untouched places of our planet. It is the land of majestic volcanoes and thermal springs, home for a large population of polar bears, a peninsular rich in sea resources.
Kamchatka ecosystems are threatened by poaching, destructive tourism, a possibility of oilfield development on the shelf.
The goal of WWF on Kamchatka is to save the nature ecosystems and habitats of the unique peninsula and adjacent seas.
To achieve this goal, we support creating systems of specially protected nature areas, introduce principles of sustainable use of nature resources for the needs of local people, and fight poaching.
WWF contributed to the creation of Koryaksky zapovednik (strict nature reserve), Klyuchevsky nature park, Golubyie Ozera nature park. After a few years of our work in the region the territory of specially protected nature territories reached one third of Kamchatka !
WWF developed and applied a system of radio contact between remote taiga villages where indigenous peoples live. It has already saved several lives thanks to timely emergency calls.
To fight sea poaching in Kamchatka region, WWF supported the creation and improvement of the system of satellite monitoring of fishing, that has led to a substantial decrease in the number of fishing violations.
At present we are working on a project aimed at bringing down the by-catch of sea birds during longline fishing, support Komandorsky Biosphere zapovednik (strict nature reserve), promote the ecological certification for fisheries, and work on the re-introduction of the Canada goose.
The most recent WWF project of Kamchatka is aimed at preserving the salmonid fishes and their habitats.
WWF also wants the economic development of the region to be based on the traditional use of biological resources rather than on oil extraction.
Our work wouldn’t be possible without our members. They not only help us to find means for the projects, but they also take part in our activities – from the organization of exhibitions about sea life to coast cleaning.