At 14,330 square kilometres, the Lena Delta reserve was already one of the largest and most important nature reserves in the Arctic. With its new size of 61,320 square kilometres, the expanded Lena Delta Reserve is now the largest protected area in Russia and one of the largest on earth. It is, however, only a small part of Sakha’s “Gift to the Earth”. Sakha, a republic approximately the size of Western Europe, decided in 1994 to designate at least 20% of its territory as a nature reserve.
From album: Lena Delta Reserve expanded as part of the Sakha Republic's (Yakutia) "Gift to the Earth"