The workshop participants were representatives of:
• Karelian Research Centre RAS and Kola Science Centre RAS.
• Republic of Karelia PA Directorate
• St. Petersburg PA Directorate.
• Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources Department in Northwestern Federal District.
• Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources Directorate for Republic of Karelia.
• Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Russian Federation.
• Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Republic of Karelia.
• Finnish Co-chairs of the Finnish-Russian Working Group on Nature Conservation Aimo Saano (Metsähallitus) and Tapio Lindholm (Finnish Environment Institute).
• North Karelia Biosphere Reserve Coordinator Timo Hokkanen (North Karelia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment).
- The key topics for discussion were:
- strategy of Green Belt of Fennoscandia (GBF) development as a holistic transboundary ecological-economic space;
- sustainable functioning of natural ecosystems and sane nature management in GBF;
- preparation of the concept for the development of the GBF tourism and recreation sector (centered around protected areas and other pieces of natural, cultural and mining heritage);
– utilization of GBF elements for environmental education.
The venue for the workshop “Development of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia: environment, economy, education” on the first day was KarRC RAS in Petrozavodsk. On the second day, the workshop moved to Ladozhskaya Usadba resort in Sortavalsky Distict, Republic of Karelia.
Green Belt of Fennoscandia (GBF) is a unique natural area, 1350 km long and 50 km wide, composed of large expanses of forest, mires and lake-river systems on both sides of the borders between Russia, Finland and Norway. GBF fulfills the ecological, conservation and recreational criteria for pan-European significance, and represents the northern part of the European Green Belt. GBF in Karelia comprises the largest borderland protected areas.
October 23, 2018
On October 15 to 19, 2018 the 10th Pan-European Green Belt Conference took place in Eisenach, Germany, and Karelian Research Centre RAS took part in the event.