NGOs, Marine Protected Areas, and Russia

Ms Elena Zharkova1

1Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition, Washington DC, USA

Russia has not been in favour of the establishment of large scale Marine  Protected Areas in CCAMLR, particularly where the fishing potential is not well researched.  There is no legal mechanism for gazetting Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for biodiversity or conservation purposes in Russia and consequently, the country is not familiar with this practice.  ASOC Russia has been working with other Russian eNGOs to promote the value of high seas MPAs to Russian authorities and the necessity for appropriate legislation.  This paper explores progress made thus far with particular reference to the CCAMLR context.


Biography:

Elena has a strong background in promoting conservation issues in Russia.  Previously she was communications officer forIFAW Russia, where she worked on successful campaigns to ban the Russian winter bear hunt, halt the hunting of harp seal pups on the Russian coast, protect Russian tigers and western gray whales.  As part of her work with ASOC, she promotes the importance of the Antarctic environment in Russia, through public events and outreach to government officials

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