The first Atlas of Specially Protected Natural Territories of the Far Eastern federal district was published. It tells readers about the untouched nature of the Far East: 232 protected areas of federal and regional importance – from the Arctic nature reserve "Wrangel Island" in the North to the nature reserve "Far Eastern Sea" in the South.
As you know, the Far Eastern federal district accounts for more than a third of the territory of this country. It includes nine subjects: the Amur region, the Jewish Autonomous region, the Kamchatka territory, the Magadan region, the Primorsky territory, the Sakhalin region, the Khabarovsk territory, the Chukotka Autonomous district and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Six seas wash the territory: Laptev, East Siberian, Chukchi, Bering, Okhotsk and Japanese. Here Russia’s largest rivers Amur and Lena flow. In the Far East, such rare animals live: Amur tiger, Himalayan bear, Far Eastern leopard and others, as well as many plants recorded in the Red Book grow.
"The natural territories of the Far Eastern district still retain primeval nature. It is very important to expand the environmental regime here, to provide the population with reliable information about the value of nature in specially protected natural terriroties", said Minister of natural resources and ecology of the Russian Federation Sergey Donskoy in the introduction to the book.
The work on the atlas started in 2014. During the first two years, several expedition trips were made; then the maps were designed and the book was prepared for printing. Specialists from the Institute of Geography named after V. B. Sochava of the Siberian branch of RAS, from the Institute of Water And Ecological Problems of the Far Eastern branch of RAS, from the Pacific Institute of Geography of the Far East branch of RAS, from the Permanent Environmental Commission of the Russian Geographical Society took part in the project. The Atlas was funded by the Russian Geographical Society and sponsored by Rosneft.