STAVROPOL TOWARDS RESPONSIBLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiated proposals for biodiversity conservation in logging, and the Ministry of natural resources and environmental protection of the Stavropol region was engaged in the development of forestry regulations. On July 31, 2018, the Ministry published a new version of the regulatory documents approved by Order No. 356. Now local logging companies will use these forestry regulations in the next decade.
Recall that, according to the resolution of the Federal Forestry Agency of Russia (Rosleskhoz), since 2017, the item on the conservation of biodiversity is mandatory for all regulations. WWF-Russia is actively working on this issue, developing recommendations and initiating the inclusion of the necessary requirements for the conservation of biodiversity in the regions’ regulations. Many regions of the Russian Federation, aware importance of these requirements, have already made changes in forestry standards, but for the Caucasus these are only the first steps – at first requirements included in forestry regulations in the Krasnodar region, then in Dagestan and the Chechen Republic, and now - in the Stavropol region.
The essence of the requirements is to conservation during logging key habitats and forest elements important for maintaining biological diversity, for example, old-growth forests, nesting sites for birds, waterlogged habitats, etc.
«The possibility of including biodiversity conservation requirements developed by regional experts in forestry regulations was discussed with the Ministry of natural resources and environmental protection of the Stavropol territory in May, - says Elena Cherkasova, Forest project coordinator at the Russian Caucasus office of WWF-Russia. - We are pleased that the region is actively involved in biodiversity conservation in logging. However, during the review of the approved regulations, we noticed that the regulations, unfortunately, did not include critically important parameters for the conservation of trees with nests, snags and stumps. It turns out that the standards of the Stavropol region prescribe to keep them, but don’t establish clear criteria for their protection. We hope that this will be corrected in the future version of the regulations».