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Manager State Committee of Environment Conservation of the Russian Federation Director: Tarkhov Sergei
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General character of the site Kostomuksha State Nature Reserve (Zapovednik) is a Karelian part of the Russian-Finnish friendship Nature Reserve and is located not far from Kostomuksha town. It was established by a decree (N 557) on 14.12.83 of the Ministry Council of the Russian Federation and was included in the Russian-Finnish Friendship Nature Reserve, in accordance with an intergovernmental Finnish-Russian agreement and based on a decree (N 1036p) of 18.9.1990 of the Ministry Council of the Russian Federation. Untouched nature is preserved here on this area of 47.569 km². It is surrounded by a two km wide belt in the North, East and South - a buffer zone of the Zapovednik - where logging and land reclamation are forbidden. 
Vulnerability On the territory of the Kostomuksha Zapovednik, all human activities, including scientific research and controlled ecological tourism are forbidden. Research activities are conducted along specific routes and sites set all over the Zapovednik. There are also several ecological trails for visitors accompanied by the guides of the Zapovednik, and it is possible to hike ar ski, or to use canoes or dinghies during a trip. There are 9 cabins and lodges on the Zapovednik territoy, as well as a hostel near the Zapovednik office in Kostomuksha that can be used. 
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