Wildlife and environment
Russian authorities to preserve and develop Solovetsky Islands
© RIA Novosti. Sergey Ermokhin

Russian authorities to preserve and develop Solovetsky Islands

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a directive on measures to preserve and develop the Solovetsky Archipelago.

"The list includes the modernization of the local engineering, utility and housing infrastructure, as well as measures to preserve and promote the archipelago's cultural and natural heritage," reads an explanatory note to the directive.

The document also calls for establishing a federal wildlife sanctuary in the archipelago.

There are plans to preserve and develop the archipelago in 2016-2020. The appropriate action plan was drafted by the concerned federal agencies and the government of the Arkhangelsk Region.

In 1992, the Solovetsky Archipelago, which is made up of over 100 islands, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.