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A bison nursery will be build in the North Ossetia

19 january 2017
WWF-Russia and the leadership of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania signed an agreement on cooperation. The document concerns not only the preservation of the bison, but also the restoration of the Persian leopard.

On January 18 in Vladikavkaz, the director of WWF-Russia Igor Chestin and the head of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Vyacheslav Bitarov signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of environmental protection. Particular attention is paid to the development and support of the network of specially protected natural areas of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, as well as to the conservation and restoration of populations of rare and protected species, especially the Persian leopard and bison.

The signed document will create a breeding center on the territory of North Ossetia for further reproduction into nature and replenishment of a freely living group of this species. Development will also receive environmentally oriented small and medium-sized enterprises of the republic.

«The signed agreement expands the sphere of our cooperation in the republic,» says Igor Chestin, the director of the WWF-Russia. «Along with the restoration of the bison population, active steps will be taken to implement the program for the restoration of the Asiatic leopard, the image of which is adorned the emblem of North Ossetia».

The WWF-Russia and the administration of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania will develop and jointly approve a work plan for the implementation of this Agreement by April 30, 2017. It will operate for at least five years with the possibility of its further extension.

The Caucasus is one of 25 eco-regions of the world, for the preservation of which, according to WWF, urgent measures are required. Illegal logging, poaching, pollution of rivers, development of infrastructure - all this information endangered the unique nature of the Caucasus. On the territory of the Caucasus - and this is only 0.5% of the land - up to 40% of types of landscapes of the globe are represented. According to the number of species of animals and plants that live here, the Caucasus is on the first place among other regions of the same latitudes, second only to tropical countries. WWF's goal in the Caucasus is to preserve the natural ecosystems and habitats of rare and endangered species through environmental education, as well as the creation of a system of specially protected natural areas, the fight against poaching and other forms of illegal wildlife management.

Bison
© Roman Mnatsekanov/WWF-Russia
Igor Chestin and Vyacheslav Bitarov
© Roman Mnatsekanov/WWF-Russia
For additional information please contact
Head of Caucasus Ecoregional Office