EXPERTS WILL EVALUATE THE IMPACT OF FSC-CERTIFICATION ON CONSERVATION
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.
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.