2012 / 02 / 08 Comments (0)

Karelia Regional Nature Conservancy SPOK Publishes Public Report on 2011 Activities.

The Karelia Regional Nature Conservancy SPOK has released a summary of its 2011 activities. Read more… »

2012 / 02 / 02 Comments (0)

Conserving Valuable Natural Areas in Northwest Russia.

Analysis of the SPNA Network in the Arkhangelsk, Vologoda, Leningrad, and Murmansk Oblasts, the Republic of Karelia, and the city of St. Petersburg. Read more… »

2012 / 02 / 02 Comments (0)

Karelian Government Update of Regional Land Use Plan May Lead to Nine-fold Reduction in Number of Planned Specially Protected Natural Areas.

The Karelia Regional Nature Conservancy (SPOK) was astonished by the January 30, 2012, posting on the official portal of the republic’s government agencies that “the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology does not plan a seven-fold reduction in the number of Specially Protected Natural Areas,” (http://gov.karelia.ru/gov/News/2012/01/0127_20.html) where it was also maintained that statements to that effect allegedly were published by some media organizations with links to ROO SPOK. Read more… »

2012 / 01 / 27 Comments (0)

Karelia Government Releases Updated Report on Ladoga Skerries National Park.

In December 2011, the Karelian government released the Environmental-Economic Report for the Creation of the Ladoga Skerries National Park (Map 1, Map 2, Map 3, Report, Appendix), which was updated with input from public hearings held in the Lakhdenpokh’ya, Sortavala, and Pitkyaranta regions. Read more… »

2012 / 01 / 16 Comments (0)

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. Read more… »

2011 / 12 / 23 Comments (0)

Court Upholds Kostomuksha Nature Reserve’s Protected Zone.

On December 23, 2011, the Arbitrazh Court of Karelia upheld a suit brought by the republic’s Public Prosecutor and declared invalid a contract to lease timberland near the Kostomuksha State Scientific Nature Reserve that was signed in January 2011 between the republic’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology and OOO Kostomuksha Development Company. Read more… »

2011 / 12 / 13 Comments (0)

The Karelia Regional Nature Conservancy “SPOK” has presented a new film about ecological consequences of intensive forestry in Scandinavia

2011 / 10 / 04 Comments (0)

ROO SPOK’s Appeal to Karelia Government: Don’t Approve Changes to Land Use Plan.

On October 4, the Karelia Regional Nature Conservancy SPOK held a press conference in Petrozavodsk and presented their analysis of the changes to the republic’s land use plan. Read more… »

2011 / 10 / 03 Comments (0)

Karelia To Lose Over a Million Hectares of Valuable Natural Areas.

On October 4, the Karelia Regional Nature Conservancy SPOK held a press conference concerning the changes to the current Land Use Plan of the Republic of Karelia, which the government intended to approve in the near future. Read more… »

2011 / 09 / 22 Comments (0)

Friends of the Earth Sweden Demands Repeal of Swedwood Karelia’s Forest Certification.

The Swedwood Karelia timber company is at the center of an international scandal over clearcutting in the undisturbed taiga of northern Karelia. Read more… »