Electronic versions of the map and the brochure on biosphere reserves of the Volga basin are available for the public
A map and a brochure on biosphere reserves of the Volga Basin were developed within a framework of the UNESCO/ Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia programme «the Living Volga».
11 biosphere reserves of the Volga River basin took active participation in the development of the materials. The biosphere reserves provided comprehensive information about natural features and reserves’ activities within the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO.
The brochure is targeted at public, state and private organizations as well as at mass media. This publication gives the description of the development of the UNESCO MAB programme from the First (Minsk, 1983) up to the Third International Congress of Biosphere Reserves (Madrid, 2008) for the first time in Russian language. The brochure includes information about the network of biosphere reserves in Russia, where 39 biosphere reserves have been established from 1978 up till 2010. The characteristics of 11 biosphere reserves of the Volga River basin, including schemes of their zoning according to requirements of the Seville Strategy and the Madrid Action Plan, and suggestions on their further sustainable development are presented.
The map of distribution of the biosphere reserves on natural units within the Volga River basin is attached to the brochure. The map depicts features of relief and sizes of all the allocated zones of each of 11 biosphere reserves, situated in the Volga River basin. Besides that, other strictly protected nature territories (state reserves [zapovedniks] and national parks) are shown. Thus, it provides more information for the better planning of the establishment of new biosphere reserves in the region. The map includes photos, which represent fauna and flora of the Volga basin. In addition, it presents the table, which shows dates of biosphere reserve establishment and areas of their zones.
Information on the back side of the map describes UNESCO MAB programme and gives examples of multidisciplinary activities of biosphere reserves of the Volga River basin and in accompanied by colourful illustrations.
The map and the brochure will be used as a constituent part of the second generation of the Volga Kits developed within the Living Volga programme.