About the Fund

Financial support of the World Natural Heritage sites

The Fund, with the support of the German World Heritage Foundation, has provided funding for equipping the Zabaikalsky and Kronotsky State Nature Reserves with electronic communications means (2003-2004), granted funds to the Ugyd Va National Park for building in its territory ecological tourism infrastructure (2005), and has provided funding to purchase vehicles for Yuzhno-Kamchatsky Nature Park (2006).

Throughout 2007-2008 a project "Specific Nature Conservation Measures in the Volga delta" was realized with the support of European Nature Heritage Fund (Euronature). In the framework of the project the Biosphere Reserve Astrakhansky and the Stepnoy Game Reserve (Zakaznik) were supported with technical equipment and implements.

In 2008-2009 more than $180 000 were attracted by the Fund and forwarded to the supporting of the protected areas already inscribed and claimed for inscription on the World Heritage List. The main sponsors are European Commission, the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management, the UNDP/GEF, Royal Netherlands Embassy in Moscow. The facility was forwarded directly to the SPAs and to the regional scientific research and public organizations in support of the Virgin Komi Forests World Heritage property, claimed to be on the List Volga Delta, biosphere reserve under formation Kugu Kakshan.

A large-scale project on equipping the Russian World Natural Heritage sites' territories with informational panels and advertisement hoarding is in the stage of development.