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WWF-Russia and Titan Group have agreed on the border of the Dvinsko-Pinezhsky Protected Area within the land leased by the company

05 october 2017
WWF-Russia and Titan Group have agreed that part of the land leased by the Titan Group in the Dvinsko-Penezhsky Intact Forest Landscape will be included in a planned protected area. The territory to be included in the protected area runs along the southern border of the land leased by the company.

The Titan Group officially confirmed its support for the creation of the Dvinsko-Pinezhsky (Verneyulovsky) Protected Area within the borders agreed with WWF-Russia, which run alongside land leased for logging.

The company has been certified under the Forest Steward Council (FSC) scheme for more than 15 years, which requires the company to take steps to conserve intact forest landscapes. The creation of the nature reserve came out of agreements reached between ecologists and the company to refrain from logging intact forests. The reduction in the size of the nature reserve within the territory leased by the company gives Titan Group time to transition to a more effective approach to managing secondary forests. To achieve this the company will develop a long-term strategy for sustainable forestry. Until the reserve has been established, the logging ban agreement signed by the company under the terms of its FSC certification will remain in place.

(c) Andrey Schegolev / WWF-Russia

Titan Group intends to maintain an active dialogue with other companies working in the landscape located between the North Dvina and Pinega rivers as well as the regional authorities with the aim of agreeing the borders of the nature reserve by the end of 2017, which the Russian government has named the Year of Ecology and Protected Areas.

Work to create a protected area on the territory between the North Dvina and Pinega, which includes one the last remaining large areas of undisturbed Taiga forest in Europe, have been ongoing since early 2000s. In 2013, government experts approved a proposal for the protected area submitted by WWF together with the Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Archangelsk Oblast. The creation of the protected area was included in the region’s forest and territorial planning documents. However, the borders of the new conservation area have yet to be fixed as a large part off the planned protected area has been leased out to logging companies. In establishing the new conservation area, it is important to find a balance between the economy and environment protection – to conserve the most valuable part of the intact forest landscape while enabling companies to continue to operate. 

(c) Artem Kirilkin / WWF-Russia
“While putting together proposals on the borders of the planned protected area we continue to be guided by the principle that the socio-economic position of people living in areas near to the planned protected area should not suffer as a result of unjustified restrictions on the development of these territories, or from any negative impact on Titan Group’s logging operations. The conclusion of this complex agreement with WWF Russia on the borders of the planned conservation area underlines our commitment to the principles of sustainable, environmentally and social responsible business,” said Aleksey Kudryavtsev, the General Director of Titan Group.

WWF-Russia stresses that given the critical depletion of the region’s forests it is essential to move to a system of effective sustainable forestry. Proposals put forward by WWF for the effective regeneration of logged areas and precommercial thinnings will help to conserve the core of the unique intact forest landscape and the natural environment for wildlife, while allowing companies to significantly increase output of wood products in easily accessible areas and create new jobs for the local population. 

“WWF invites all companies that have leased forest land in this region to discuss how to conserve the unique intact forest landscape and establish the borders of a protected area of around 350,000 hectares. We also hope that the government of Archangelsk, which has announced that the protected area will be created by the end of 2017, will lend its support. We trust that the government will not lease out or auction off logging sites within the borders of the planned conservation area,” noted Evgeny Shvarts, Director for Conservation at WWF Russia.
Headline photo: Artem Kirilkin / WWF-Russia
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