Director of Conservation Policy of WWF-Russia, Doctor of Science (Geography, 2003), title and honor mark “Distinguished (Honorary) public figure of Nature Conservation”, granted by Ministry of Nature Resources (2006). Dr. Evgeny Shvarts is member of Shareholders Executive Team of WWF China for SHIFT Global Initiative and member of WWF Shareholders Group of “Market Transformation Global Initiative”.
Graduated from the Moscow State University, Biological faculty (1982). In 1987 has defended a PhD thesis in geography. Since 1990 till 1998 – Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biogeography, and Member of Scientific Council of Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences.
Founder and Chairman of the Board of Biodiversity Conservation Center (BCC, 1992-1998). International researcher of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (1993). Manager of Protected Areas Component of “Russian Federation Biodiversity Conservation Project” of Global Environment Facility/ World Bank (GEF/WB) in 1996-1998. In 1987-1988, 1997-1999 Co-chairman of the International Socio-Ecological Union. Member of the World Commission on Protected Areas of IUCN (since 1996). Fellow of the Program “Leadership for Environment and Development” (1998).
In 2008 he is awarded an Erasmus Mundus fellowship by the European Commission with the Masters of Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (MESPOM) Consortium (Lund University – Central European University - University of the Aegean – University of Manchester).
Dr. Evgeny Shvarts is Co-Chairman and founder of Public Forestry Council, Russian Federal Forestry Agency, since 2003; Member of Scientific-Technical Council, Ministry of Natural Resources of Russian Federation, since 2005; Member of Expert Council of State Duma (low chamber of Russian Parliament) Committee on Nature Resources and Nature Resources Management, since 2004; Member of Environmental and Social advisory council of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), since 2010. Member of WB Moscow office Advisory Council. Initiator of CAO(IFC)/US OPIC/WWF Russia project “Improving Access to the Accountability Mechanisms of the International Development Banks” 2008.
Author of three books and more than 120 articles, mainly published in the leading scientific journals in Russia (“Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences”, “Doklady of the Russian Academy of Sciences”, “Polis” (“Political studies”), “Social sciences today”, “Advances of modern biology”, “Zoological journal”, etc.) and abroad (“Journal of Biogeography”, “Ecoscience”, “Biodiversity and Conservation”, “Natur und Landschaft”, “Journal of Zoology”, “Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand” etc.). Co-founder and editorial board member of the “Environment planning and management” (Russian Academy of Sciences), “Sustainable forestry”, “Wild nature conservation”, “State Reserves and National Parks” journals.
WWF began its work in Russia in 1988, with a project to protect the nature of the Lower Volga. In 1989, WWF-Germany helped organize the first biological expedition to the Taimyr Peninsula, where Bolshoi Arktichesky Zapovednik, the largest strict nature reserve in Eurasia was created in 1993. The reserve, which covers more than 4 million hectares, is the size of Switzerland. WWF-Russia was established in 1994, and registered as a national organization in 2004 remaining a member of the WWF global organization. In just over ten years, more than 150 projects have been implemented. In order for our nature protection work to proceed more effectively, we opened offices in those regions that are most important for nature conservation and invited the best local specialists to collaborate with us. It is thanks to them that the nature conservation movement is going strong, and it is they who, in many regards, determine WWF’s success in Russia.