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Nijegorodskoe Zavolje Biosphere Reserve, Russian Federation


This Russian biosphere reserve is located in the middle section of the Volga River about 55 km south-west of the city Nizhni Novgorod. Part of the biosphere reserve, ‘Kama-Bakaldino Mires’, is designated as Ramsar wetland, representing the largest peatland complex to the south of the northern taiga zone in Europe.

Designation date: 2002


Regional network:  EuroMAB

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    Surface : 131,910 ha 

    • Core area(s): 37,940 ha
    • Buffer zone(s): 18,890 ha
    • Transition zone(s): 75,080 ha

    Location: 57º03'N-45º05'E

    Administrative Authorities

    Mikhail Yazykov
    Rozhdestvenskaya str., 23
    Nizhniy Novgorod, 603001
    Russian Federation

    Tel.: +8 314 313056

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    Ecological Characteristics

    The biosphere reserve comprises large areas of pine forests recovering from logging activities and fires since the 1970s. Some fragments of old growth have been preserved. Within the biosphere reserve, logging, poaching and peat extraction is restricted.

    Socio-Economic Characteristics

    After the closure of logging enterprises and some demographic transformation, the population decreased tremendously. Today, about 600 people live in the biosphere reserve, who are employed by the Kerzhenski nature reserve, administrations and public services. Home gardening as well as selling cranberries provides important additional sources of income. 



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    Last updated: July 2019