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Panel session of the regional working group on the Voluntary Forest Certification (FSC) took place in Krasnoyarsk

30 january 2009
The participants of the meeting discussed the results of their work in 2008 and developed the Action Plan for the year 2009

The representatives of some Timber Companies of Krasnoyarsk region, auditing firms, Siberian State Technological University, Krasnoyarsk Center for Forest Protection and WWF Russia took part in the meeting. Today Russia substantially occupies leading positions on the market of FSC-certification (the second place in the world after Canada!). The main goal of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is the assistance to the ecologically responsible, socially oriented and economically sustainable wood exploitation and world forest resources management. Ecologically responsible wood exploitation guarantees that logging and harvesting of non-timber wood products don’t threaten to the biodiversity, don’t reduce the productive capacity and ecological functions of the forest.

WWF Russia Forest Program Coordinator in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion Alexander Brukhanov made a report about WWF’s activities in the FSC-certification market: advancement of the demand for the certified products within Russian markets, strengthening the quality surveys of the auditing, assessment of the high conservation value forests (HCVF) and curbing illegal logging. All participants of the meeting received new publication of the WWF Russia Forest Program.

According to the participants of the meeting, it’s necessary to monitor carefully the quality of the certification auditings conducted today in Russia to have a close control for the conservation of rare plants and animals even on the territories designed for the industrial logging. A surface of the FSC-certified forests in Russia climbed above 20 millions ha to date, and it means that the main priority in the Voluntary Forest Certification must be the quality rather than number of auditings.