In 1972, the United States and the Soviet Union signed an Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Protection to provide a framework under which the two nations could collaborate on environmental issues of mutual interest and concern.
The Agreement was renegotiated in 1994 to replace the U.S.S.R. with the Russian Federation as signatory. Efforts benefit species such as marine mammals and migratory birds, as well as the Amur tiger and saiga antelope.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service coordinates implementation of nature conservation efforts under the Agreement in partnership with federal, state, local, non-governmental, Native and other partners. Additionally, through the agreement we have the authority to provide grants and assistance to Russian nature reserves and national parks. These efforts benefit species such as marine mammals and migratory birds, as well as the tiger and saiga antelope.