Year of the Environment to see new protected areas created in the Nenets Autonomous Area
In 2017, three new specially protected nature areas of regional importance will be established in the Nenets Autonomous Area. They are the Pakhanchesky and Khaipudyrsky nature sanctuaries and the Severny Timan Nature Park, the website of the Year of the Environment in Russia reported.
The protected areas will facilitate the conservation of unique Arctic biodiversity.
As of today, the Nenets Autonomous Area counts seven specially protected nature areas of regional importance — four integrated nature sanctuaries of a total area of 402,000 hectares and three integrated natural monuments covering 7,500 hectares. In line with the Nenets Autonomous Area's state program, Environment Protection and Natural Resource Restoration and Use, the share of specially protected nature areas of regional significance must make up 5.2 percent of the region's entire territory in 2017-2019. After the two new nature sanctuaries and the nature park are created, specially protected nature areas will cover 1.13 million hectares, or 6.4 percent of the Nenets Autonomous Area.