Kurgalskiy Peninsula and Nature Reserve are under severe threat by the development plans of the Nord Stream II gas pipeline.

The Kurgalskiy Nature Reserve, being established in 2000, is included in the network of HELCOM Baltic Sea Marine Protected Areas and RAMSAR Convention list of protected wetlands of international importance. There is no site of equal importance and value in terms of nature conservation and protection of biodiversity in the Russian part of the Gulf of Finland

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1.News

Read the statement by Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe here and the full dossier

Representatives of Russian and international environmental NGOs, academia and stakeholders at the meeting expressed clear disagreement with proposed route across Kurgalskiy Peninsula and Nature Reserve and strongly objected company’s arguments for this alternative as clearly violating Russian and international environmental law in terms of protecting nature. See simplified evaluation of the proposed alternative routes for further information.

Comparisons of the alternative routes on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, provided by Nord Stream II consultants, are only available in Russian here and here.

Nord Stream II Project has presented its concept, undertaken surveys backing EIA process and the proposed route (see collection of presentations here).

Stakeholders, represented by NGOs, academia and local residents, had a possibility to ask questions from the developer to clarify presented information and express the concerns related to the proposed way of implementing the project.

A formal draft resolution of the event was compiled by the organizers of the Roundtable, see here (and in Russian here). The stakeholders came up with number of proposals to the draft resolution, see here.

2. Basic facts about Kurgalskiy

The Kurgalskiy Nature Reserve, being established in 2000, is included in the network of HELCOM Baltic Sea Marine Protected Areas and RAMSAR Convention list of protected wetlands of international importance. It is situated at the south-west coast of the Gulf of Finland, close to Estonian border and has a status of reserve (‘zakaznik’) of regional importance in Russia. Its total area is 60 000 ha including 38 400 ha of marine area. Kurgalskiy Reserve is an area of high conservation value for the Eastern Baltic Sea region. Marine and coastal biotope complexes of the reserve are very diverse and undisturbed. Biotopes represented by sandy and moraine coasts, dunes, reed beds, reefs, coastal meadows, islets, surface boulder ridges, mudflats, underwater and surface sandbanks, with or without vegetation. Shallow areas of marine part of Kurgalskiy Reserve serve as a spawning ground for many commercial fish species, as well as a habitat for several fish and lamprey species, endangered in the Baltic Sea region. The Kurgalskiy Reserve is important breeding area for many species of marine birds and stopover for migrating birds, including those listed in the HELCOM’s Red List of Baltic Breeding Birds. The Reserve is the key area for the Baltic ringed seal haul-outs in the Gulf of Finland. It is also breeding and foraging area for ringed seal and important area for the Baltic grey seal haul-outs.

3. Basic facts about Nord Stream II Project

4. Actions by Russian and international environmental NGOs to protect Kurgalskiy

Documents submitted to HELCOM

5. Media coverage and analytical materials