Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain, Russian Federation
Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain, Russian Federation, comprises a unique ecosystem, situated in the Volga valley. The Volga-Akhtuba represents a mosaic structure of different landscapes, with high-yielding floodplain meadows, spawning grounds, oak groves and internationally important wetlands. With a population of some 45,000 permanent inhabitants, the site boasts important historical and cultural heritage in the region. The main economic activities include agriculture and fishing, tourism, and recreational use.