on the long-term cooperation between the Alaska Region of the National
Park Service (USA) & the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy Of
Robert Barbee, director of the Alaska Region of the United States
National Park Service and Georgy Elyakov, vice-president of Russian
Academy of Sciences (RAS) and the chairman of the Far-Eastern Branch of
RAS discussed the status of efforts in both Russia and the United States
to establish an international park in the Beringia region and prospects
for study of the rich natural and cultural heritage of that region, as
well as the development of joint programs for the preservation of that
Both sides noted with satisfaction that the joint statement (June of
1992) of George Bush, president of the United States and Boris Yeltsin,
president of Russian Federation, on the establishment of an international
park in the Beringia region plays an important role in the implementing of
these projects. The neighboring proximity of our territories, and
continuing joint research, create favorable conditions for the
establishment of cooperation between the Alaska Region of the United
States National Park Service and the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian
Academy of Sciences.
The Russian side has developed a feasibility study for the
Nature-Ethnic Park Beringia on the Chukotka Peninsula. Within the limits
of the feasibility study, an evaluation of the potential of nature and
resources was conducted; the nature preservation issues were outlined, as
well as the concept of the use of nature that considers the interests of
the Natives population and other residents of the region was developed. At
the present time the development of detailed project for park organization
is nearing completion. There has been a joint trip of Russian and American
specialists dedicated to studying the state of the organization of new
nature protection areas of the Russian Far East.
On the American side, the Congress has established four nature
preservation units administered by the National Park Service (Bering Land
Bridge National Preserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Kobuk Valley
National Park, and Noatak National Preserve) that would comprise the
United States component of the international park. No new lands or waters
will be authorized to be included in an international park. Further
legislative action is necessary in Congress to authorize the establishment
of an international park before such an agreement can be negotiated with
In order to provide for long term, stable and friendly cooperation and
conducting joint projects both sides agreed as follows:
To continue mutual discussions and develop a plan for joint projects to
be conducted in the Beringia region.
To jointly discuss the need for legislative action in both countries to
authorize an international park in the Beringia region.
Working in cooperation with the Chukotka government, to jointly prepare
a progress report outlining the current status of efforts in both
countries to establish an international park, and to include
recommendations for future actions in both countries.
To seek to establish a common database of Geographic Information System
(GIS) data for the Beringia region, and to share with each other GIS data
already collected in each country.
In order to fulfill the projects mentioned above, the sides consider it
necessary to conduct regular meetings of officials responsible for the
organization of joint projects, exchange of scientific information, and
exchange of staff members for the benefit of their professional training
and orientation. The purposes of such meetings will also include the need
to conduct joint research and consultations on issues of mutual interest,
including the organization of joint expeditions in either country, to
study biodiversity, its preservation and the protection of rare and
endangered species of plants and animals in the Beringia region.
In addition, both sides may consider it desirable to prepare and
publish joint publications on history, natural conditions, natural and
cultural resources, ethnography and other scientific areas for the
The present Agreement comes into effect after its signing and is
effective for the period of 5 years. The present Agreement can be changed,
and its effective period can be extended upon the joint agreement of both
This agreement is signed in Anchorage, Alaska in two copies, each in
English and Russian, both texts have the same power.