In 2009, the Obama Administration re-activated a 20-year dormant project, spawned by the World Wildlife Foundation, to impose an international nature preserve on the Bering Strait, to deter any infrastructure development on this key link in the world land-bridge. Moves are continuing this Summer, towards a "Beringian Heritage" lock-up of land and resources, and impoverishment of local people, to directly serve the geopolitical interests of London finance behind the environmentalist game. The area under discussion involves millions of hectares of coastal Alaska and Chukotka, on the Chukchi and Bering Seas.
This locale is exactly the region through which the development corridors will go, of the Bering Strait Tunnel, linking Asia and the Americas, in conjunction with the North American Water and Power Alliance program (NAWAPA).
The Obama push for the WWF anti-development program for the Bering Strait comes under the auspices of the new U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission, established in July, 2009, by Obama and President Medvedev. Its goals featured the task of advancing "efforts to protect our shared heritage and environment in the Bering Strait region," as the Commission states. This jargon harks back word for word to the 1990s World Wildlife Fund propaganda for "Arctic preserves." In June, 2010, Russian and U.S. inter-agency sub-groups met on this, including the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), the EPA, Agency for International Development and others, towards bringing about what the NPS describes as the, "reintroduction of a proposal to establish an international protected area..." to preserve bears, fish, flora, fauna and quaint "cultural subsistence practices" by native peoples.
The original introduction of the proposal was in 1989, by the Audubon Society and World Wildlife Foundation, which then in 1990, got Presidents Mikhail Gorbachev and George H.W. Bush to endorse the proposal in principle. With the end of the Soviet Union, the idea died off in Russia, but continued through London-agent Gorbachev, who set up his Green Cross organization for just such promotion of 'saving the environment.'
In the United States, Congress refused to back the 1990 trans-border Bering Strait WWF proposal, so it was instead relegated to the National Park Service. There, a program called the "Shared Beringian Heritage Program" was begun in 1991. It continued for the next 19 years at a certain low level of funding for local villages and projects, until the Obama Administration came in. Then, as the NPS reported, "Discussions between the NPS and State Department began in 2009 regarding the possible reintroduction of a proposal to establish an international protected area supported by the local population..."
Locking up land in the Arctic is a major focus of the WWF international nature preserve drive. The WWF is one of only two NGOs with official observer status in the Arctic Council, which consists of all the nations of the Far North: Canada, United States, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The WWF is especially causing trouble in Russia, claiming credit for creating new nature preserves there, adding up to an area the size of between Switzerland and Norway.