The monograph contains the results of the analysis of characteristics and current state of the existing protected area system of the Komi Republic. The analysis was conducted to determine its strengths, weaknesses, gaps. The suggestions for optimization of a regional protected area network and improvement of the principles of its units’ protection and management are given. The criteria of environmental effectiveness of the protected area system are proposed. The program and action plan to restructure the protected area system are elaborated. The indicators and mechanism for monitoring and adjustment of the program are defined.

The book is intended for specialists in the field of ecology and environmental protection, teachers and students of higher education institutions.