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Visioning Study for Sustainable Management of Kurgalsky Nature Reserve Released

Gasoil News - Published on Mon, 03 Aug 2020

Image Source: Nord Stream 2 Kurgalsky Nature
Nord Stream 2 AG, in partnership with the Committee for Natural Resources of the Leningrad Region and KB Strelka, has completed the Visioning Study for the Kurgalsky Nature, a strategic basis for the draft Kurgalsky Management Plan. The document, developed by KB Strelka, concludes two years of comprehensive research, analysis and planning. Nord Stream 2 AG has sponsored and coordinated the development of the Visioning Study and proposal for the Kurgalsky Management Plan in line with its commitment to the International Finance Corporation Performance Standard 6 (Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources). The initiative iscarried out as part of the company’s Biodiversity Action Plan: a roadmap that spans 30 years and seeks to deliver a net improvement of biodiversity values in the Kurgalsky Nature Reserve. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline crosses a section of 3.7km in the southern part of the Reserve, which is protected under the Ramsar and Helsinki Conventions, requiring measures to safeguard its unique character and conserve biodiversity.

The Visioning Study is an integrated document developed through extensive research and incorporating an evaluation of Kurgalsky’s current conditions, as well as measures to sustainably manage the reserve and ensure biodiversity conservation long-term. It focuses on four key areas:
Analysis of the reserve’s current state, threats to its biodiversity and objectives for the draft Kurgalsky Management Plan;
Measures to prevent violations of the special protection regime, such as: enhancing the navigation system and environmental information signs; patrolling forest roads and traditional recreational areas; restricting unauthorised driving outside of public access roads; and waste management;
Biodiversity enhancement through environmentally rehabilitating affected natural complexes, preventing biological threats, and improving habitat management;
Measures to reduce the footprint of uncontrolled tourism by: educating visitors about the reserve’s valuable features; restricting access to the most vulnerable zones; identifying areas where visitors will not disrupt conservation objectives; and building infrastructure (such as designated paths and resting areas) that would accommodate visitors without adverse impacts on biodiversity.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 03 Aug 2020
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