Taiga Forest Heritage
Photo courtesy of Zov Taigi
The mighty Amur River flows for over 2,700 miles along the Chinese border, through the Amur region, and across Khabarovsk's most populated areas to finally empty into the Sea of Okhotsk. The region boasts some of the most biodiverse forest ecosystems in the Russian Far East, which provide habitat for the endangered Siberian tiger, as well as valuable logging revenues. Many Russian residents and Nanai indigenous peoples depend on the river for subsistence needs. River pollution, including downstream pollution from China, and logging by multinational companies are problems for local communities and the environment. Pipeline construction is another concern.