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Forest inspectors of Primorsky province improve their skills in forest resource assessment

16 june 2021
The Primorsky Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife Management and WWF Russia organized training for forest inspectors and foresters to learn forest inventory methods. This knowledge will help to strengthen control over forest users activities in the field.

The training was held for 36 people including state forest inspectors of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife Management, employees of Primorskoye Forest Bureau, as well as for the corps of public forest inspectors, that is being recently formed in the region.

During practical studies the participants obtained knowledge about the features of taxation methods in complex mixed forests of Primorsky province, as well as about changes in Forest Code and the application of laws and regulations in the present context.

Comments Konstantin Stepanov, Minister of Forestry and Wildlife Management of Primorsky province: “Earlier, trainings in forest inventory were held annually, however, the training in such format was organized for the first time. Thus, all previous trainings were aimed at employees to accept forest inventory works performed under government contracts. In the course of the current training, other elements of the forest agency work were included, such as the drafting of acts of non-compliance with the State Forest Register (GLR), the selection of areas for protected forest sites, the delineation and taxation of forest areas to provide citizens with timber and holding auctions for buy and sell of forest stands, ensuring control over forest felling by leaseholders. In the future, such joint trainings are planned to be held on a regular basis”.
Forest inspectors of Primorsky province improve their skills in forest resource assessment
Anatoly Kabanets / WWF Russia
“The right of forest plots lessees to independently determine the performer of forest management works creates an opportunity for manipulating data on the real status of forests. Moreover, the inaccuracy of forest inventory data (taxation) entails the introduction of inaccurate data into the state forest register and forest management projects, and also creates conditions for illegal harvesting of unaccounted wood. Therefore, in order to check the correctness of the appointed activities, forestry staff or his future assistant - a public forest inspector, must have the necessary skills in forest taxation. This training was specially aimed at this task,” - says Pavel Garazha, senior project coordinator for sustainable forest management at WWF Russia Amur branch.

The seminar was held as part of the joint project of WWF Russia and the Moscow Credit Bank (MCB), which brought together game users and beekeepers of Primorye to preserve the valuable forests of the Eastern Blue Ridge. Moreover, the task of the training was to organize a joint work of state foresters and public forest inspectors.

“The skills acquired during the training will help forestry staff to check the correctness of taxation and the legality of the assigned felling, and public forest inspectors will become their indispensable helpers,” says Anatoly Kabanets, expert of WWF Russia Amur branch.
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