Seminar “Development of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia: ecology, economics, education” was held in the Manor

The Green Belt of Fennoscandia (ZPF) is an environmental project created to preserve old-growth forests along the border between Russia and Finland.

The project is a stretched along the Russian-Finnish (and in the north also along the Russian-Norwegian) border from the Barents Sea to the Baltic Sea. The ZPF also includes the water area, islands and the coast of the Gulf of Finland within the Leningrad Region. The project can be presented as an ecological corridor, which includes cross-border specially protected natural areas (PAs) of Russia, Finland and Norway. It is the northern section of the Green Belt of Europe.

In October 2018, the International Seminar “Development of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia: Ecology, Economy, Education” was held. The event was organized by the KarRC of RAS with the support of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia and the Ministry of Natural Resources of Karelia.

The conference was attended by representatives of the Karelian and Kola scientific centers of the Russian Academy of Sciences, PetrSU, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Russia, Karelia, the Finnish Environment Institute, the Finnish Forest Service, co-chairs of the Finnish-Russian environmental protection working group, representatives of regional PA Directorate, territorial bodies of Rosprirodnadzor other.

The second section of the conference was held in Ladoga Manor. In the course of the meeting, such issues as "Development of ecological tourism and entrepreneurship in the Green Belt of Fennoscandia", "Technogenic-natural complexes (mine workings) of the Northern Ladoga area and their use in tourism", "Development of environmental education in specially protected natural areas in St. Petersburg -Petersburg, as well as a round table "Prospects for the development of the ZPF medium and long-term."

"The nature of Karelia is unique, famous for its forests, lakes, which play a crucial role in preserving the biodiversity of Northern Europe. This is confirmed by the presence of 146 specially protected natural areas in a total area of ​​1 million hectares," said Alexei Pavlov, first deputy minister of natural resources and ecology. Republic of Karelia.