Russia first signed up to UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until 1995 that natural sites were first inscribed on the World Heritage List. Andrey Petrov, World Heritage Campaign Coordinator from Greenpeace Russia has been working on protecting Russia's natural resources since the early '90s.
There are now eight natural World Heritage sites in the Russian Federation. But pressure from business and government to exploit some of these sites remains a concern.
Andrey Petrov says that IUCN and UNESCO’s help is important. We asked him if World Heritage status offered a higher level of protection to these natural sites.