2012 / 01 / 16

ROO SPOK Urges Inclusion of Planned Ladoga Skerries National Park and Other Protected Zones in Karelia’s Land Use Plan.

The Karelia Regional Nature Conservancy SPOK has once again appealed to the Karelian Minister of Development, Alexander Efimov, and the Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology, Sergei Shtrakhov, to include the planned Ladoga Skerries National Park and the protected zones of the other national parks in the region in the republic’s land use plan. In their appeal, the ecologists emphasized that at the end of December 2011, the Russian government approved the Model for the Development of a System of Specially Protected Natural Areas of Federal Significance for the Period to 2020. In particular, these documents provide for the creation of the Ladoga Skerries National Park in 2012 and the creation of protected zones for all scientific nature reserves and national parks in the Russian Federation by 2020.

ROO SPOK maintains that according to the Urban Development Code, the Land Use Plan of the Republic of Karelia must reflect all planned Specially Protected Natural Areas of Federal Significance (the Ladoga Skerries National Park) and all planned protected zones for federal SPNAs (protected zones for the Kalevala National Park, the Vodlozero National Park, and for the Kostomuksha State Scientific Nature Reserve, for which the protected zone must be changed to reflect the actual borders of the nature reserve). As the NGO explained, according to Article 14 of the Urban Development Code of the Russian Federation, the documents of the regional land use plan must include maps of all areas and zones of federal significance that have had an impact on determining the planned distribution of objects of regional significance, including Specially Protected Natural Areas of federal, regional, and local significance. In other words, as ROO SPOK noted, even if national parks and protected zones are not objects of regional significance, they still must be included in the regional land use plan as objects of federal significance that have an impact on the distribution of regional objects.

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