Scientists suggest creating nature-protecting zones in the Arctic
16:24 11 октября 2016
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Scientists brought the suggestion to the government of the Russian Federation on creation of specially protected natural zones in the Arctic and also on renewal of the Red Book on arctic animals. This information was given by academician of the International academy of ecology, man and nature protection sciences Vyacheslav Zilanov within the round table on international cooperation in the Arctic: current state and prospects.
Nature-protected zones should be created, and, at all respect to economic interests on oil and gas, industrial development should not be conducted there, as Vyacheslav Zilanov says. According to his words, scientists presented such suggestion to the government and expect that it will be approved.
The academician notes that protection of some species of animals, in particular, polar bears and narwhals, should receive special significance in conditions of arctic development. He also suggested creating the renewed list of animals of the Red Book in conditions of changing economic activity. In his opinion, there are many species, which should be protected in the Chukchi Sea. At that, the scientist warned against extremes in excessive environmental activities, as TASS reports.
Russia stopped catching marine mammals; he does not agree to all of the terms. It is too large number of seals, which was distributed in the White Sea and which originally was industrial activity of Pomor people. The number of seals increased, and the load on fishing objects already competes with industry, as the expert says.
In his opinion, Russia has the longest near-arctic zone and the biggest amount of biological resources. Therefore, the country has special responsibility for preservation of species diversity in the Arctic.