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BIODIVERSITY WILL BE CONSERVED DURING LOGGING IN THE CHECHEN REPUBLIC

08 august 2018
The Chechen Republic has joined to the regions of the Russian Caucasus, which will take into account the requirements for the conservation of biological diversity in logging in 2019.
The Ministry of natural resources and environmental protection of the Chechen Republic has published new forest management regulations, approved by Order No. 540 of 08/01/2018. Local logging companies will work according to these forestry regulations in the next decade. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) of Russia participated in the development of proposals for biodiversity conservation in logging, which were included into these forest regulations.
Recall that in 2017, the forest service made article of protecting biodiversity mandatory for inclusion in the regulations. At the suggestion of WWF-Russia, the requirements for the conservation of biological diversity have already been taken into account in the forestry regulations of many Russia’s regions, 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 now - the Chechen Republic.
The requirements imply 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.

«Earlier this year, we discussed the possibility of including biodiversity conservation requirements developed by regional experts into the forestry regulations with the Ministry of natural resources and environmental protection of the Chechen Republic. As a result, an agreement on the inclusion of standards that meet local conditions and the position of the Federal Forestry Agency (Rosleskhoz) was reached. We’re glad to start cooperation with the Republic. This is especially important in the context of the fact that all forests in Chechnya are protective, and therefore require a special regime of use», - says Elena Cherkasova, Forest project coordinator at the Russian Caucasus office of WWF-Russia.

Biodiversity conservation is also an important element of the FSC voluntary forest certification standard, which implies responsible and sustainable use of forests. «Unfortunately, this certification, which has international recognition, is not yet widespread in the Caucasus. However, we hope that the leadership of the Chechen Republic will continue to follow the direction of forestry’s greening, including promoting the development of FSC certification on its territory. The adoption of regulations establishing strict requirements for biodiversity conservation in timber harvesting is the first important step in this direction», - says Nikolay Shmatkov, Forest Program Director of WWF-Russia.

Headline photo: (с) Alexander Plekhanov.

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