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July 6, 2009

Karelian scientists estimated ecological values of Vottovaara mountain

The monography "Natural complexes of Vottovaara mountain" is published by Karelian research Center of the Academy of science. The study provides scientific basis for establishing protected area in this region.
Monography gives geological, geographical, ecosystem, botanical, zoological estimations of the Vottovaara mountain natural complexes,
including the lists of species. It's made by 5 research institutes. The study includes interesting archeological material.
In the conclusion scientists recommend to conservate this unique nature area as a landscape nature reserve. They also published "Project of state regional landscape nature reserve Vottovaara".

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July 27, 2009

The administration of Petrozavodsk town refused to stop destroying of the city forests

"The decision of city administration to ban logging of the city forest areas before inventory of these areas for their natural and social value is done would be illegal". This was an official unswer of the administration to the open letter from SPOK with recommendations on city forest conservation. At the same time in the neighbouring Leningrad region this moratorium is allready enacted.

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July 27, 2009

"Lendersky lesrpomhos" will save Tulos nature reserve

Lendersky lesrpomhos (forest enterprise) took desicion to prolong for 1 more year the agreement with SPOK on conservation of the old growth forests around Tulos lake. According to the "Scheme of territorial development of Karelia" this area (about 30 000 hectares) is a proposed nature reserve that is to be established till 2025 year. Some years ago these forests were reserved an protected from logging but now part of them is leased by Lendersky lespromkhos.

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July 2, 2009

The new step on the way to government and NGO cooperation

Ministry of Agriculture of Karelia and NGO SPOK maintained the "Plan of cooperation in the field of use and development of regional nature protection areas in 2009 year".

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June 29, 2009

"Recommendations for city forests conservation". Open letter from "SPOK" to the candidates for the position of the mayor of Petrozavodsk town

We suggest to take into consideration the problem of destruction of forest recreation zones in our town and carry out the following actions:
On the level of city administration:
1. To adopt a decision to ban forest loggings on the construction cites in the area of Petrozavodsk before inventory of valuable nature objects and important recreation zones is done.
2. Carry out an inventory of forests of Petrozavodsk city and area.
3. Issue a decree "About use and conservation of Petrozavodsk city forests".
4. Issue a decree "About nature protection areas of f Petrozavodsk city and area" in accordance with federal law on protected areas.
5. Work out the "General scheme of Petrozavodsk city forest areas development". Work out the plan of local nature protected areas network development.
6. Update the "General plan of Petrozavodsk city development" according to this scheme.
7. Establish local governmental structure responsible for protected areas and city forests management.

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June 24, 2009

The new public movement "Zaonezie" appeared in Karelia

The mission of the new movement is to promote conservation of traditional lifestyle of local people and use of natural resources of Onego lake coast without damage to nature by means of establishing "Zaonezie" nature park.
Among the members of the movement are NGOs: "SPOK", "Russian North", "Association of the greens of Karelia", "Animal protection association".

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