New national park on Russia’s border to Norway and Finland

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Along the Pasvik River, the waterways where Finland, Norway Russia meet. (Atle Staalesen/The Independent Barents Observer)
The Karablekk park will combine tourist activities with environmental monitoring and educational activities, regional authorities in Murmansk say.

«The appearance on the map of this new protected territory is a great event in our follow-up of the Year of Ecology», says Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun.

The new national park covers a 8,300 hectare area located in Pechenga, the municipality located along the border to the neighboring Norway and Finland.

Parts of the area is situated less than one kilometer from the borderline to Norway. Few kilometers south is the border to Finland.

Karablekk is located side-by-side with the Pasvik Nature Reserve (Zapovednik).

More than nature protection

«Modern-day protected area should not be limited to only nature protection, but also develop as attraction centers and give new development impulses to the municipalities», says Murmansk Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Elvira Makarova.

«Therefore, it is our task to make the protected lands comfortable for people […]» she adds, a press release reads.

According to regional authorities, all legislative preparations needed for the park establishment have been conducted.

In the center of the new park is the 386 meter high mountain of Karablekk.

The area has rare plants and lichen, as well as a unique mammals and birds, the decree on the park establishment reads.

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Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

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