What will happen to the Northern taiga in 100 years?
The goal of the joint project of WWF-Russia, the University of Eastern Finland and the Swedish Forest Agency is to analyze the impact of climate change on the forests of Arkhangelsk Region and the Republic of Karelia in the long term. With the aid of a special program, the experts in the field of forest climatic forecasting will simulate the likely future for three types of forest objects: an intact forest in a protected area, an area with clear-cut and areas where intensive sustainable logging will be conducted using modern methods of forest cultivation.
In Arkhangelsk Region, WWF-Russia is working hard to conserve the last intact forests and this project will allow ecologists to understand better the extent of resistance of intact forests to climate change and the situation 100 years later. The results of the research will be useful for forest management authorities and forest business, which plan their activities in the long term.
Environmentalists say that, for example, in Finland and Sweden experts have been working in this direction for a long time, and the forest data and climatic modeling are being taken into account when making decisions in the field of forest management. The interim results of the project are to be announced by mid-summer, and the final results will be known in November this year.
The project is being implemented with the financial support of the Programme for Environment and Climate Co-operation (PECC), the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) and the Nordic Environmental Finance Corporation (NEFCO).
Headline photo: (c) Andrey Shchegolev / WWF-Russia