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WWF-Russia helped to form a corps of public forest inspectors in Primorye

16 september 2021
On the eve of the Day of forest workers in Russia, the Primorsky Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife Management has presented certificates to public forest inspectors, trained with WWF support. Moreover, the state forest inspectors received equipment and machinery from WWF Russia as a gift.
On September 15, on the Day of forest workers, three events at once took place in Vladivostok with the participation of the Primorsky Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife Management and WWF Russia. First, certificates were presented to the public forest inspectors out of the corps that was formed this year in Primorye in cooperation with WWF.
From left to right: Andrey Makarov, head of the forestry supervision department of the Ministry of Forestry of Primorye, Sergey Igonin, acting chief of Primorsky Airbase, Konstantin Stepanov, Minister of forestry and wildlife in Primorye
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia

13 activists out of beekeepers, members of hunting clubs and public organizations have received the authorized documents. This is the first group of social activists specially trained in Primorye to prevent violations in the forest. Thanks to the WWF-Russia project “People for Nature”, implemented with the EC support, altogether 44 people were trained at the Forestry Innovation Center of the Primorsky State Agricultural Academy in 2020-2021. They were given knowledge on the basics of forestry legislation, methods of detecting and recording violations, methods of taxation of forest plantations.

Konstantin Stepanov, Minister of Forestry awards public inspector certificate to Alexander Olifirenko, an engineer of the Center of Environmental Initiatives
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia
“In order to organize the work of public forest inspectors, a mobile application has been created thanks to which they will be able to obtain the necessary information about the legality of felling, as well as to record the cases of violations,” said Peter Osipov, director of WWF Russia Amur branch.
Drones and tablets for forest inspectors
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia

Secondly, WWF Russia handed over the machinery and professional equipment to the regional Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, to the Primorskaya airbase and to the Ussuriysky forestry unit.

Thirdly, WWF Russia announced the award of a special scholarship to the students of the Forestry Institute of the State Agricultural Academy, who demonstrate a genuine interest in forest sciences and are ready to work in the subdivisions of the regional Ministry of Forestry after graduation the Institute.

“Cooperation between government bodies and the public on environmental protection is becoming more and more important. Involvement of public forest inspectors in patrolling activities will strengthen supervision of forest use, as well as provide significant assistance in the fight against illegal logging,” said Konstantin Stepanov, Minister of Primorsky Forestry and Wildlife Management, at the ceremony of handing over certificates to public forest inspectors.
An excellent gift for the holiday and support in the work of the Ussuriysky forestry unit was the Greenworks professional power charging equipment useful for forest maintenance such as a brush cutter, an air blower and a high pressure washer.
Equipment from Greenworks brand in opeartion at the Ussuriisky forestry unit
Ussuriisky forestry unit
“Forests are the lungs of the planet, and it is extremely important to protect them, both from fires and from illegal logging. We are pleased to provide our high-tech equipment to the Ussuriysk forestry unit, because it will make the process of forest care more convenient and will help inspectors in their daily work,” comments a representative of the Greenworks brand.

WWF Russia handed over 2 tablets and 2 drones to the state forest inspectors of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife Management. The use of drones will increase the efficiency of forest inspectors in detecting illegal logging, especially in hard-to-reach areas, as well as video and photographic recording of forest violations. These materials will be supporting evidence in the crime investigation. Moreover, with the help of drones, it is possible to fly over felling sites with the subsequent compilation of a photo map for comparison with the permitted boundaries of felling. This will help to identify felling outside the allowed cutting area.

Five tablets were handed over by WWF Russia to the Primorskaya Aviabase. The pilots need them for operational processing of information about forest fires during air patrolling, as well as for drawing up a forest fire extinguishing scheme and promptly sending it to the dispatcher.

WWF-Russia plans to continue training both state and public inspectors in new skills to work with equipment in the forest, develop schemes for interaction and optimize forest monitoring work. The joint efforts of the state and the public will preserve forest resources.

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