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Премия рунета 2017


23 october 2017
The field-trip stage of an international project aimed at evaluating the impact on conservation of FSC-certification during logging has concluded in Arkhangelsk region.

From May to October experts from WWF-Russia, WWF-Germany, the University for Sustainable Development in Eberswalde and the Northern (Arctic) Federal University participated in three field trips in the forests leased by Arkhangelsk forest companies. The research aims to measure and compare the biological and ecological indicators of FSC-certified and non-certified logging sites. The comprehensive research included measurements of temperature and humidity, examination of vegetation, soil and hydrological conditions, inspection of key biotopes left during logging, undergrowth and other components.

Field research
(c) WWF-Russia \ Denis Dobrynin, Olga Ilina
«Environmental changes arising from logging have an impact on all organisms. For example, dead trees and branch wood are essential for woodpeckers to find mates. During the mating season woodpeckers tap on wood to communicate. Not all trees are suited for it, but only dry and hard ones with inner holes that guarantees a good resonance. That’s why the conservation of key biotopes - such as dead trees - during logging gives woodpeckers a chance to find a partner and promotes biodiversity”, said Natalia Burova, associate professor at Biology, Environment and Biotechnology Department of Northern (Arctic) Federal University.

This project lasts three years. In this period experts developed a methodology to measure the effectiveness of FSC-certification in Northwestern Russia. SWOT analysis helped them to define biodiversity conservation and the impact of logging on the environment. An analysis of the FSC National Standard for Russia was also conducted to identify weak spots in the regulation of biodiversity conservation. All expeditions included field work on the territory of FSC-certified and non-certified forest companies.

“We involved specialists with a range of expertise – forestry, biology, environment and ecology, soil science, forest certification, etc. Their participation in the project let us study the field research data using a multi-faceted approach. The results will be used to reduce the negative environment impact of logging”, said Denis Dobrynin, coordinator of WWF-Russia Barents Branch in Arkhangelsk.
Headline photo: (c) WWF-Russia
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