BIODIVERSITY WILL BE CONSERVED DURING LOGGING IN KRASNODAR REGION
The Ministry of Natural Resources of the Krasnodar Region has published the forestry regulations (Order No. 181 of February 01, 2018) for the next 10 years.
The Regulations specifically include requirements (guidelines) for biodiversity conservation during logging in the North-Western Caucasus proposed by WWF-Russia in cooperation with scientific experts from the Caucasus Nature Reserve and Institute of Ecology of Mountain Territories of of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It should be noted, that back in 2017 the Federal Forestry Agency of Russia (Rosleskhoz) announced the guidelines for biodiversity conservation an indispensable part of any forestry regulations.
At the suggestion of WWF-Russia, the requirements for biodiversity conservation have already been incorporated into the forestry regulations adopted by a range of the subjects of the Russian Federation, nonetheless it's the first try in the Caucasus.
From now local logging companies must conserve certain key biotopes and key elements in their logging sites. These are, among others, forest growing over rock exposures, stone fields, karst formations, or isolated side-dry trees and trees with hollows and nests.
"WWF-Russia highly appreciates the efforts undertaken by writers of the regulations and the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Krasnodar Region,'' noted Elena Cherkasova, Forest Project Coordinator at the Russian Caucasus Office of WWF-Russia.
However, there is a fly in the ointment there. November 2017, WWF-Russia filed to the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Krasnodar Region a list of about forty commentaries to the draft forestry regulations concerning discrepancies between actual boundaries of some natural monuments and their descriptions in the by-laws and regulations. Review of approved regulations shows that only half of our comments was taken into account. We are going to carry out in-depth analysis of the documents and apply to the higher-level authorities.