The goal of this project is to build the capacity of selected government agencies and civil society organisations to utilise public involvement processes in forest conservation and management decision-making. The project is currently being managed in Russia with very close collaboration with the TBFP team in Canada. CIDA, which is providing financial support to the project, has extended it by to 2 more years, until March 2006.
Experiences and lessons learned
Experience from Building Partnerships for Forest Conservation and Management in Russia
There are deep differences between management effectiveness of federal Protected Areas (PAs) (nature reserves and national parks) and local PAs (nature refuges, nature parks, nature monuments etc). The majority of federal PAs are under adequate management. However, the majority of local PAs are not satisfactorily managed or not managed at all. There are two main mechanisms to improve the management: 1) to pass management of appropriate local PAs to nature reserves or national parks, 2) to organize or to modify management teams in local (regional) governments. At present, the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources is ready to manage some local PAs as national parks and nature reserves but does not have adequate resources. In addition, local stakeholders are for the most part not ready to improve PAs management themselves. Thus, the focus of activities must be on working with local stakeholders as well as involving the federal ministry and regional governments.