Conservation of steppes in Russia



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Steppes - perhaps the most important for the national economy biome in Russia. It is natural steppe ecosystems formed the basis on which nearly two centuries is based an important part of Russian agriculture. Chernozem and close-to types of soils - the foundation of Russian agriculture, these soils are related to one of the most fertile, formed steppe ecosystem. More...

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Enlarged the Orenburg reserve

Весенние краски Предуральской степи. Фото Рафили Бакировой

The Orenburg reserve (zapovednik) was enlarged by the government regulation of Russian Federation № 700 from July 13, 2015. New cluster «Pred-Ural Steppe» known as Orlov Steppe is situated on the border of Belyaevsky and Akbulaksky districts of the Orenburg province, the square of the cluster is 16538 ha.


Camera traps set in Eastern Kazakhstan to study Pallas’ cat distribution

Группа исследователей, обследование степей Восточного Казахстана, 2015. Фото предоставлено Сибэкоцентром

In June 2015 the Pallas’ cat team set new camera traps in the Eastern Kazakhstan – in the mountains around the Zaissan lake. Camera traps were checked in the Tarbagatai ridge after a year of work.


Day of Steppe in the Chernie Zemli reserve

День степи в Калмыкии, апрель 2015 г.

The celebration of the Steppe Day in Kalmykia started on April 17. The most active participator was the Black Earth reserve. The staff of the reserve made lessons in schools devoted to steppe and its conservation under support of the UNDP/GEF Steppe project in Russia.

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Steppes of Northern Eurasia: materials of VII International Symposium

The collection is included materials presented on VII International Symposium “Steppes of Northern Eurasia”. The work reflects the most valuable issues of stable steppe development of Northern Eurasia, problems of ecological restoration of steppe nature diversity, inventory of steppe etalons and it represents results of scientific researches in the main steppe science centers.

The «Shaytan-Tau» reservation – an etalon of oak-forest steppe in South Ural

In the monograph it is generalized complex materials about researches of mountainous forest-steppe landscapes in South Ural, aimed to prove and establish mountainous a state reservation «Shaytan-Tau» in Orenburgskaya oblast.

Steppe fires: preventive measures, extinguishing, and legal problems

Степные пожары: профилактика, тушение, правовые аспекты

The guidelines contain detail recommendations on steppe fire prevention and organization of fire extinguishing in steppe protected areas of Russia.

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