We are open for collaboration with all parties interested in cooperation and receipt of reliable information on nature conservation, cultural and historic traditions in the cross border area and the Paz River valley. Our activities are aimed at studying, conserving natural resources of the Arctic and unique material culture of Pasvik-Inari region and developing research and good relations with neighbor countries.
The reserve cooperates with Institute of Industrial Ecology of the North Kolsk Scientific Centre, Russian Academy of Science (Apatity) on several programmes:
Research into the soil status in Paz River valley
ICP- Forests, an international programme which started in the middle of 2009. This long term research will provide evaluation of man-made impact on reserve's forests, soil cover and biodiversity.
Within the framework of ICP-Forests Programme Pasvik Reserve cooperates with the Centre for Ecological Problems and Forest Productivity, city of Moscow
We, Russian Research Institute of Cultural and Historic Heritage, laboratory of nature protected areas and ecology of culture of the Institute of Ecological Problems of the North, the Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences study natural and historic heritage of the cross border area and work on organizing an open air museum on Varlam Island.
Murmansk Administration of Hydrometeorology and environment monitoring helps the reserve to conduct environmental monitoring in the Paz River valley. The monitoring includes:
transboundary air pollution;
climate change in the extreme north-west of the region; Hydromet provides us with environmental data of weather stations located in the vicinity of Pasvik Reserve;
hydrobiological monitoring of the Paz River.
In its research and scientific-technical activities the reserve pays a special attention to collaboration with higher educational establishments such as Ryazan State University named after S.A. Ecenin, Moscow Teaching State University and Saint-Petersburg State University. This cooperation is carried out within the framework of the state environmental monitoring programme and includes:
practical training of students, assistance to individual research of postgraduate students and lecturers;
provision of library and archival holdings to promote education of students and postgraduate students and to help lecturers;
participation in joint expeditions.
In its turn the reserve receives information on their findings and reports.
Cooperation with Kolsk GMK, one of the reserve's partners and sponsors, started in 2006. It goes successfully on. The main aspects of our cooperation are ecological monitoring of impact of «KGMK» on the reserve's ecosystems and the north-west of Kola Peninsula, support to research, conservation of natural and cultural heritage in the cross border area, promotion of sustainable nature tourism and ecological enlightenment in the region.
Other reserve's partners are educational and cultural establishments of Pechenga district, administration of Nikel, Border Guards in Nikel PU FSB RF of Murmansk region and RF Consulate General in Kirkenes (Norway).
The Paz River valley and the protected territory are common for the three countries. Nature conservation is important for cross border cooperation between Russian, Norwegian and Finnish environmental agencies.
The reserve is a permanent member of Russian-Finnish and Russian-Norwegian mixed intergovernmental commissions on environment protection.
Nature Management Directorate, Finnmark County Governor Office (Norway), Norwegian General Consulate in Murmansk and Murmansk branch of Finnish Consulate in St.-Petersburg are permanent partners of Pasvik Reserve.
Pasvik Reserve and Norwegian Institute of Agriculture and Ecological Search Bioforsk Svanhovd cooperate in the following fields:
Registration and research of small and big mammals;
North Calotte Phenology, a joint project for school children aimed at promoting of ecological and enlightenment activities in Russian and Norwegian schools;
Varlam Island – Open Air Museum Project;
Preparation, publication of materials and information on the Internet.
Metsahallihus, Natural Heritage Services of Lapland (Finland) is reserve's partner in Pasvik-Inari Trilateral Park; it coordinates the Golden Eagle Monitoring Programme, develops principals of sustainable nature tourism and some other areas of cooperation.
We cooperate with Finnish Institute of Forest Research METLA (Rovaniemi and Muhos) within the framework of ICP-Forests Programme and in joint phenological projects in Northern Fennoskandia.