Recommendations on biodiversity conservation during logging in the Northwest Caucasus are developed
Local experts developed the Guidelines as part of the WWF-Ikea Partnership on Forests. The Guidelines are intended for the forest companies and forest management authorities. The Guidelines are aimed at the identification and conservation of the key biotopes and key elements of the forest as noncommercial forest sites or individual trees excluded from logging.
Intensive logging in the Republic of Adygea and Krasnodar Region makes introduction of the concept of key biotopes in the North-Western Caucasus even more urgent. The Guidelines define the key biotopes such as old-age forest sites encompassed by younger stand; sites of incomplete xerophytic oak forest; forest on rock outcrops; trees with nests or hollow trunks, windfall, high-standing stubs, etc. A list of environmental values and recommended conservation measures is provided for each type of the key biotopes. Illustrated with photos, the Guidelines are compiled as a field guide and are handy for using in the forest.
"The Guidelines will help forest companies minimize damage to the biodiversity of forest ecosystems when logging," says Elena Cherkasova, Forest Project Coordinator at the Russian Caucasus Office of the WWF-Russia.
The Guidelines have been repeatedly discussed with the forest management authorities and all stakeholders.
The Year of Ecology lays additional emphasis on biodiversity conservation issues. With that in mind, WWF-Russia calls on the forest management authorities to consider possible amendments to the existing forest management regulations in line with the draft project of standards of biodiversity conservation during logging.
The publication was prepared by experts of the Caucasian State Nature Biosphere Reserve, Institute of Ecology of Mountain Territories of RAS, WWF-Russia. As any other WWF's publication, the Guidelines are to be distributed free of charge to the forest companies and organizations.
The Guidelines are available at the WWF-Russia's web-site, Publications.
Headline photo: Caucasian State Nature Biosphere Reserve // © Sergey Trepet, WWF-Russia.