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In Osteuropa 4-5/2008

Protected Areas in Russia
Catalysts for Sustainable Development?

Martin Müller

Deutsche Fassung


Protected zones are supposed to conserve nature and to promote economically and socially sustainable development. Since the 1990s, administrators in Russia’s protected areas have been engaged in environmental education and tourism. The integration of the local population in managing the protected area is growing in importance. However, administrative reforms under Vladimir Putin have devalued the status of protected areas. They must prove themselves as economic undertakings and are increasingly coming under pressure to be developed economically.

(Osteuropa 4-5/2008, pp. 419–438)