Biokarelia (KA5051)​

The project develops practical tools for biodiversity hotspots preservation via mapping biodiversity values, monitoring and forecasting occurrence of forest fires and wood harvesting along the Russian-Finnish border.

 

Background

Biodiversity ”hotspots” along the Finnish Russian border are under risk of biodiversity loss due to wood harvesting, forest fires and destruction of connectivity between the high conservation forests in Russia and Finland.

Risk for forest fires to cross the border rises constantly as a consequence of climate change, and fire suppression in the border zone is difficult. The existing systems of forest fires risk classification in Russia and Finland are not synchronized and the potential of new methodological approaches is not fully utilized. It is expected that costs of fire suppression can be reduced substantially by utilizing the new methods allowing mapping spatial and temporal distribution of high risk areas.

 

Objective

The aim of the project is to develop practical tools for biodiversity hotspots preservation via mapping biodiversity values, monitoring and forecasting occurrence of forest fires and wood harvesting along the Russian-Finnish border.

Partners in Finland

Luonnonvarakeskus Luke Linkki-ikoni (koordinaattori)

Pohjois-Karjalan ELY-keskus / PK Biosfäärialue Linkki-ikoni

Arbonaut Oy Ltd Linkki-ikoni

 

Partners in Russia

Kostamuksen luonnonpuisto ja Kalevalan kansallispuisto Linkki-ikoni

Karjalan teidekeskuksen metsäinstituutti Linkki-ikoni

Buro Partner Ltd

 

Funding

Project is funded by Karelia CBC. Karelia CBC is a cross-border cooperation programme creating an attractive region for people and business.

Programme is financed by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland.

 

Link to the project page Linkki-ikoni

Materials produced in the project

Materials of the second webinar of the webinar series

 

The second webinar "Cross-border monitoring and forecasting of forest fires and biodiversity losses” of webinar series Connectivity of high conservation value forests along Finnish-Russian borders” pidettiin 26.5.2021. 52 people from 8 countries took part in the webinar.

 

The webinar presentations (pdf) can be downloaded here and the recordings of the presentations can be watch in our Youtube channel.