What we do
Sustainable forest management
Climate and energy
Development of a network of specially protected natural areas
About WWF Russia
What has already been done
- Action taken by WWF and other organizations resulted in Russia’s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol (2005) and thus allowed it to enter into force for all countries; until recently it was the key mechanism for international climate cooperation.
- WWF has accomplished a number of large forest/climate projects in the Russian Far East covering some 2 million hectares; this effort helped avoid carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere and develop a model for prospective
nation-wideaction. The Bikin river forests, as well as all cedar-broadleafforests in Primorye, which are home to the Amur tiger, have been protected from logging; an emission reductions trading system was tested (the payments were received by the indigenous Udegei community ‘Tigr’).
- In cooperation with the leading experts WWF facilitated Russia’s approval of an environmentally sound Climate Doctrine (2009) and Action Plan (2011) and a 2020 emission reduction target, as well as signing a new Paris climate agreement (2016).
- In cooperation with the leading experts WWF facilitated
decision-makingabout the development of a federal law and a ‘carbon’ regulation system (2016), i.e. measures to promote the deployment of new technologies and therefore emissions reduction.
- The RF Ministry of natural resources developed and adopted a methodology to account for greenhouse gas absorption by forests and other terrestrial ecosystems (2017). For WWF, it is important that the methodology ensures
research-backed, complete and ‘transparent’ data.
- Thanks largely to the action taken by WWF, Russian citizens now better understand the climate change problem. Despite a substantial number of skeptics, surveys reveal that
climate-relatedmyths and misperceptions are decreasing in number, while public and scientific opinions are increasingly converging.