WWF-RUSSIA INITIATES THE CREATION OF ECONET IN INTACT FORESTS
This issue was raised by the scientists, ecologists and timber industry from Arkhangelsk Region, Komi Republic and Karelia, St. Petersburg, Moscow at the round table hosted by WWF-Russia in the capital of Pomorye.
The draft of the Russian National FSC Standard stipulates that in intact forests involved in commercial development, forest management should be carried out in such a way as to ensure the maximum conservation of the forest environment and biological diversity, including the creation of an econet. However, there is no single approach and a clear methodology to the allocation of such econet.
During the round table, the participants discussed the existing practices and possible approaches to the allocation of the econet in buffer zones of intact areas, there were suggestions what should be included in econet, and what forest management regime should be established, etc. The experts believe that it is very important to leave intact the sources of rivers and streams, including ephemeral streams, forests in the valleys of small rivers, in catchment depressions, low-value wood, as well as conserve trees of different age and the diversity of stands at logging.
The joint efforts of all stakeholders should result in recommendations on the creation of an econet for the parts of intact forests involved in commercial development, and further implementation of the recommendations in the forest management practice.
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