BIODIVERSITY WILL BE CONSERVED DURING LOGGING IN THE CHECHEN REPUBLIC
«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.