After the appeal of the Ministry of Natural Recourses and Environment of Russia Pskov Region authorities have canceled the decision to abolish the buffer zone of Polistovsky National Nature Reserve
The governor of the Pskov region Andrei Turchak sent a letter to the head of Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Sergey Donskoy, informing about the cancellation of the previously adopted resolution of 15.05.2015 №229, according to which the regulation on the buffer zone of the Polistovsky National Nature Reserve.
Earlier, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia Rinat Gizatulin sent a request to the General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation to take actions of the prosecutorial response due to the illegitimate decision of the regional authorities. He stressed that the actions of the Administration of Pskov region, deprived Polistovsky reserve of its buffer zone, are flagrant violations of federal law. In particular, the Federal Law "On Protected Areas", according to which decisions on the establishment or modification of the boundaries of protected areas can be accepted only by Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
After an appeal to the General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation Pskov region authorities have also proposed to extend the buffer zone of the reserve from 340 meters to one kilometer. Such a proposal is formulated in the letter of A. Turchak to the head of the Ministry of Russia Sergey Donskoy. Governor asked to consider a possibility of developing and establishing new boundaries and usage of the reserve’s buffer zone taking into account the requirements of the federal legislation.
The reserve was established on the 25th of May, 1994 in order to preserve the unique complex of raised bogs, which is a part of the largest in Europe Polistovo-Lovatskaya raised bog system. Polistovsky reserve has international nature conservation value under the program «Telma» (UNESCO), is in the Ramsar Shadow List, and has the status of a key ornithological territory. Also, its territory is an important place for migratory birds, preservation and study of which corresponds to the objectives of the Bonn Convention and the International African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA).
The unique wetland ecosystems of the reserve provide a high biological diversity in the region, the preservation of populations of several species of rare plants and animals, including those listed in the Red Data Book of Russia.
Information message of the press service of the Ministry of Natural Recourses and Environment of Russia