Cross-border protection of Arctic nature needed

There is a clear need for transboundary conservation in the Barents Region, a new report concludes.

The interregional Barents Protected Area Network (BPAN) has published a new report evaluating the current state of protected area network in the Barents region. The report covers the thirteen regions included in the Barents Cooperation, from Russian Komi Republic in the east to Norwegian Nordland in the west, and is unique in that it provides the first harmonised account of the representativeness of the protected areas, according to Barents Observer.

Anna Kuhmonen, from the Finnish Environment Institute, is project manager for the BPAN and claims that the report will be an important tool for improving the connectivity between the protected areas in the region.