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Премия рунета 2017

NEW FOREST MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS TO PROTECT WILDLIFE IN ROSTOV REGION

28 september 2018
Rostov region has become the sixth South Russia's region which will apply new forest harvesting regulations designed to conserve biodiversity of the ecoregion starting 2019.

In 2017 the federal forest management agency Rosleskhoz made it mandatory to include biodiversity conservation provisions into the forest management regulations. Following the initiative, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) developed new forest management regulations which have since been adopted in the Krasnodar region, Dagestan, Chechnya, Stavropol regoin and North Ossetia.

Rostov Oblast is one of the most sparsely forested regions in Russia (with only 360 thousand ha of woods). However, the Region's government fully understands the importance of the initiative for conservation of the Don region's natural resources and approved inclusion of the biodiversity conservation amendments to the forest management regulations on September 25, 2018.

It means that new rules till apply to forest harvesting for the next ten years starting December 13, 2018. The amendments provide for conservation of certain forest areas, critical for biodiversity, for example, strong high trees where rare bird species nest.

"We are glad to see one more region joining the sustainable forest management movement. We should never forget that not all natural resources may be restored and that sometimes human activity gravely disrupts ecological systems. Adherence to the newly adopted regulations will help conservation and thriving of the region's wildlife in the years to come. We are looking forward to continue cooperation between WWF-Russia and the government of Rostov region", — Elena Cherkasova, Forest Project Coordinator at the Northern Caucasus Regional Office of the WWF-Russia, says.

Photo: (c) Yulia Kalinicheva / WWF-Russia

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