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Local people and NGOs were taught to identify and register illegal logging in Siberia

28 september 2021
Eco-activists from the Republics of Altai, Khakassia, Buryatia, Altai and Krasnoyarsk Territory, Tomsk and Novosibirsk Regions were trained by WWF to identify and report about cases of illegal logging

The training seminar “Identifying violations of environmental legislation when assigning different types of felling” was held at the initiative of the forest program of WWF and Forest People NGO in the village of Ongudai, Altai Republic from September 20 to 25. The participants were eco-activists and NGOs from the Republics of Altai, Khakassia, Buryatia, Altai Territory and Tomsk and Novosibirsk regions.

Mikhail Kreindlin, an expert of Greenpeace, Russia (Moscow), one of the leading in Russia in the field of environmental legislation, was the key lecture of the training. 

Mikhail Kreindlin, an expert of Greenpeace, Russia (Moscow)
(c) Yulia Petrenko / Forest People NGO
Now we know we have eco-activists in different regions of Siberia who are capable of looking through the documentation, professionally do the field survey, identify the environmental law violation, register and report about the crimes to the authorities. Protecting a forest is not only possible when fighting fires or during expeditions. Sometimes a pencil, perseverance and attentiveness are enough to save a healthy forest from a saw, and modern technologies - the analysis of space images and the use of drones - will allow you to solve these problems faster and better. It's great that, thanks to WWF, everyone can learn this if they want to, ” says Yulia Petrenko, one of the organizers of the training seminar, head of the People of the Forest NGO.
Theory and practice of the traning.
(c) Yulia Petrenko / Forest People NGO

The participants of the seminar had theoretical training on the basics of forest legislation, discussed the specifics and problems of law enforcement in the Altai-Sayan region, methods of assessing the sanitary and forest pathological state of forests, and continued practicing in the field: registering violations using drones, writing appeals to supervisory authorities, monitoring violations using space images.

Viktor Nikulkin, Coordinator of Forest Porgramme of Altai-Sayan Branch of WWF Russia
(c) Yulia Petrenko / Forest People NGO
I was amazed how eager to learn the participants were. The seminar was attended both by beginners who have no experience in identifying illegal logging, but want to save their native forest, and those who are actively drawing the attention of supervisory authorities to environmental violations in the areas where they live. For example, in the Altai Republic, the Tubalars, representatives of the indigenous and small people, are worried about the fate of the cedar forests and the destruction of the landscape as a result of the construction of the road. They already have experience in drawing attention to the problems. Now local residents have the knowledge of competent and legal ways to defend their rights of a favorable environment” , says Viktor Nikulkin, WWF project coordinator in the Altai-Sayan ecoregion.
In August in Krasnoyarsk, with the support of the WWF forest program, the same training was held for employees of non-governmental and state environmental organizations: the Directorate for Specially Protected Natural Areas of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, forest protection of the Ministry of Forestry of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, volunteers of the People of the Forest public organization. The participants of the seminar learned what sanitary felling is, under what conditions the forest is assigned to felling, what violations occur during sanitary felling, how to fix them correctly and correctly draw up the protocol.
For additional information please contact
Altai-Sayan ecoregional press-officer
Project Coordinator