Vottovaara, the fifth national park, was created in Karelia

The decision on creation of a new federal specially protected area in the Republic of Karelia was approved by the Government of Russia.

The Acting Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Republic of Karelia Aleksey Pavlov told that in 2019, the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia supported the initiative of the Government of Karelia to give the natural complexes of Vottovaara mountain and Pizanets lake the status of SPNAs of federal significance.

- A great preparatory work was carried out. Then in March last year, the Ministry of Natural Resources of Karelia sent all the necessary materials to the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia. A national park creation is an important step that will allow us to preserve these unique natural objects and develop organized tourism there, - noted Aleksey Pavlov.

Last week, the decree on creation of a specially protected territory of federal significance in the territory of the Republic of Karelia was signed by the Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin.

According to the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources, the Vottovaara National Park will include three separately located natural clusters: mountains Akhvi, Varguno, and Piro; Lake Pizanets and Mount Vottovaara.

The total area of the future national park is 14 thousand hectares in the Muezersky and Medvezhyegorsky districts.

The national park creation will allow to preserve the tundra and wooded tundra landscapes, which are atypical for these places, and will also open up new opportunities for studying unique Pizanets lake, which was formed in a deep tectonic fault.

The work on creating a new specially protected natural territory was carried out by the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia within the framework of the federal project "Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecotourism Development" of the national project "Ecology".