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Ramsar Convention as an Element of International Legal Protection of Baikal`S Ecosystem

Kolobov Roman Yurievich
In 2020 the project of a group of fellow researches of Irkutsk State University and The University of Prosecutor`s office of Russian Federation to create the concept of international legal protection of the Lake Baikal was funded by Russian Fund of Fundamental Research. The first stage of the project is devoted to the analysis of the treaties in force that set the legal regime of the baikal ecosystem as a whole and its parts. In this article the author explores the international legal regime of a unique part of Baikal`s ecosystem - Selenga Delta. The normative basis for this regime is the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat. The research explains the reasons of inclusion Selenga Delta into the Ramsar List and the criteria applied. The principal states` obligations under the Convention are explored. A special attention is given to the interpretation of wise use concept in the documents of Ramsar system as well as on monitoring activities. One of the principal element of interaction of international and domestic law considers the obligation to establish nature reserves within Ramsar sites. For this reason author adresses the domestic regulations, providing the legal framework for Zakaznik “Kabansky”. One of the positive features of Ramsar system is the formation of basis for the international cooperation, that is extremly important in light of the planned building of hydro-technical facilities on the Mongolian part of Selenga river. The article is based on internal documents of Ramsar system (resolutions and recomendations of the Conference of state partie) that are seldom covered in Russian journal. In the conclusion author formulates perspective directions for the strengthening the legal protection of Baikal by means of Ramsar system.
About the Authors

Kolobov Roman Yurievich

Candidate of Law, Associate Professor, Law Institute, Irkutsk State University

1, K. Marx st., Irkutsk, 664003, Russian Federation

East-Siberian Branch of Russian State University of Justice

23a, Ivan Franko st., Irkutsk, 664074, Russian Federation


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Ramsar Convention as an Element of International Legal Protection of Baikal`S Ecosystem. Sibirskij yuridicheskij vestnik, 2020, no 1 (88), pp. 102–111. (in Russian)

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