Cross-border tools for biodiversity hotspots preservation via monitoring and prevention of forest fires along Russian-Finnish border (KA5051)
Funded by Karelia CBC 2014-2020
Objective of the project
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.
• To map current state of biodiversity “hotspots” and analyze their connectivity. • To evaluate the impact and value of existing connections between high conservation value forests and high forest fire risk areas on state of biodiversity in Republic of Karelia and North Karelia. • To develop new generation of forest fires forecasting tools utilizing meteorological data, remote sensing data and drying models. • To build online application tools for forest cover monitoring and risk forecasting along the border between Finland and Russia based on open data sources. • To pilot new methods for forest fires monitoring using unmanned aerial vehicles. • To develop effective co-operation networks of actors involved in forest management, nature conservation, forest fires protection. • To spread the information about good practices of forest management and monitoring for preventing loss of biodiversity.
Duration2019-05-01 - 2022-10-31
Total Budget / Programme funding550 473 € / 491 973 €
Lead partnerNatural Resources Institute Finland
Lead partner web-site
PartnersCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Forest Research Institute of Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Science
Buro Partner Ltd
Directorate for regional protected territories for the Republic of Karelia
Kostamuksha Strict Nature Reserve and Kalevala National Park