Barents Protected Area Network BPAN

BPANThe unique and vulnerable nature in the Barents Region belongs to one of the largest remaining intact forest ecosystems on Earth. At the same time the boreal-arctic nature is under increased pressure from land-use, exploitation and climate change. The BPAN project promotes and supports the establishment of a representative protected area network in the Barents Region.

Protected area network is an important tool for conservation of biodiversity and adaptation and mitigation of climate change. BPAN project supports safeguarding the biodiversity, functioning of natural ecosystems and maintenance of ecosystem services.

The BPAN project is being implemented by the nature conservation authorities, scientific institutes and NGO's of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Northwest Russia.


The aim of BPAN project is to promote and support a representative protected area network for conservation of biodiversity and boreal-arctic nature – especially forests and wetlands.


Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is being used as the main framework for the project. Initially there is a need to set baseline and analyze the weaknesses of the Barents protected area networks in relation of PoWPA. The BPAN project will provide a northern taiga-boreal perspective, as a regional case, to support the global implementation of the CBD PoWPA.

The project activities of BPAN in 2011-2014 are:

  • Analysis of the protected area network by GIS methods
  • Regional evaluation of the protected area system, using the CBD PoWPA
  • Regional pilot projects on the high conservation value territories in the regions of Northwest Russia
  • Communication


The biodiversity target of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to reduce of the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 was not achieved. The Parties of the CBD committed themselves in the Conference of the Parties (COP10) in October 2010 in Japan Nagoya with new targets to reduce the loss of biodiversity by 2020.

BPAN project is the initiative of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council Working Group of Environment. BPAN project contributes to the implementation of the Nagoya targets with special emphasis of the important the role of transboundary initiatives within the Barents region.

More information

Brochure of the BPAN project (pdf)

Contact information

Project Leader Anna Kuhmonen, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE,, tel. +358 295 251 322

Leading Expert Tapio Lindholm, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE,, tel. +358 295 251 379

Published 2013-05-10 at 14:29, updated 2016-11-04 at 16:05

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