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