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April 2003

On April 22, 2003, the Minister of Natural Resources signed decree No. 342 approving a strategic plan entitled "The main directions for developing the system of state zapovedniks and national parks in the Russian Federation through 2015." The document was prepared under leadership of the system's long-time director, Vsevolod Stepanitsky, taking into consideration experience and results of work in zapovedniks and national parks in the post-Soviet period. The plan aims to improve conservation, scientific research, environmental education, and other activities in the protected areas system. The decree signifies that the Ministry of Natural Resources -- having taken over the resposibilities of the Committee for Protection of the Environment and Natural Resources and the Forest Service in May 2000, which included management of the zapovednik and national parks systems -- will uphold the country's commitment to conserve unique and intact ecosystems in the protected areas network.



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