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Adaptation to climate change

Action taken by Russia should be in line with the principles of the Paris Agreement in terms of both mitigation of climate change (greenhouse gas emissions, including CO2 absorption by forests) and adaptation. It is necessary to integrate nature protection targets and WWF’s recommendations in Russia’s National Adaptation Plan, which is to be approved by 2019. In the meanwhile, it is important to develop requirements for top-priority ecoregions, species, and ecosystems, although at this stage this is mostly a subject of scientific research.

A timely assessment of climate risks and adaptation to the new climate realities, particularly in the Arctic, Russian Far East, in the south, and in the mountains, are required. The risks and adaptation relate to virtually all spheres of life: housing, transport infrastructure, nature protection, and human health. Since WWF’s mission is to conserve nature, we are mostly concentrating on nature protection; however, human living environment and regional green development in the new economic conditions are also in the focus, for there is a need for a comprehensive approach.

In 2014–2016, WWF accomplished a unique project to assess climate risks for Vaigach island, a relatively small territory, with an experience that can be used on a much larger scale. In 2016, a project related to Dagestan’s melting glaciers was implemented.

In 2017, WWF launched a large-scale 7-years’ project in the Russian Arctic. It is about setting up protected areas with a view to climate change adaptation. It also includes more sophisticated climate change projections for the coming decades and an assessment of implications for ecosystems and species. In 2018, a large-scale multiyear adaptation project will be launched in the south of the Russian Far East, in the basins of the Zeya, the Bureya, and the Ussuri rivers.

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Vaigach Island: nature, climate, people