The Russians can do it -so can all other Artic bordering countries
Russia will create a new 1.5 million hectare park in the Arctic, a central area for the Barents and Kara Sea polar bear Ursus maritimus) populations. The ‘Russian Arctic’ park is located on the northern part of Novaya Zemlya, a long island that arcs out into the Arctic Ocean between the Barents and Kara Seas. It also includes some adjacent marine areas.
WWF has long been lobbying for the park, which is also a key area for walrus, wild reindeer and bird population. The park creation excludes all industrial activities. Although smaller then WWF requested, it is a giant polar bear step forward.
“This is exactly the sort of thing we need to see from Arctic governments,” says Neil Hamilton Director of WWF International’s Arctic Program.
“The only way these Arctic populations are going to survive the ecological havoc caused by global warming is by providing them with enough breathing room.”
“If industrial activity is kept far enough from key habitat, the animals have a chance.”
“We also need urgent global action on climate change to ensure that the parks stay cold enough for animals such as polar bears and wild reindeer.” Now we need to encourage all countries bordering the Arctic to follow suit.
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Excerpts courtesy of Panda.org/wwf_new
Image courtesy of Blog.lib.umn.edu/govref/polar-bear-cubs