Current status of protected areas in the Don River region and key issues relating to Rostovsky Nature Reserve | №30 autumn 2011 | Steppe Bulletin 
ISSN 1726-2860
(print version ISSN 1684-8438)

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Current status of protected areas in the Don River region and key issues relating to Rostovsky Nature Reserve

Victor A. Minoransky (Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don)

The status of conservation within protected areas in the Rostov Province over the last decade is analyzed.  The first half of the 2000s was rather successful in that new protected areas were established and the Inventory of Protected Areas and the Red Data Book for the Province, along with other publications, were produced.  In 2006, the amount of land in the Province under protected area status, however, was reduced from 7.4% to 3% of the total provincial area.  In summer 2010, the hunting ban that existed in the buffer zone of the Rostov Nature Reserve was lifted.  Opening up hunting in autumn forced almost all the birds previously feeding on wetlands within the buffer zone to move to water bodies being protected by the Living Steppe Association.  In order to ensure effective conservation and restoration of steppe biodiversity in Rostov Province, the existing protected area network must be extended considerably.  The author is hoping that hunting within the entire Rostovsky Nature Reserve will be fully prohibited.






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