ALL THE CAUCASUS REGIONS WILL PROTECT BIODIVERSITY DURING LOGGING UPON WWF-RUSSIA’S RECOMMENDATIONS
Since 2017, the conservation of biodiversity has become obligatory for forestry according to the Decree of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation. New recommendations elaborated in cooperation with WWF-Russia were previously adopted in the Krasnodar, Dagestan, Chechnya, Stavropol, North Ossetia and Rostov regions, and at the end of 2018 Adygea, Kalmykia, Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria regions adopted them as well. The last Caucasus region adopted new regulations in February 2019 was Karachay-Cherkessia.
This means that fr om 2019 till 2028 all the forest companies in these regions must follow new biodiversity conservation rules during logging. According to the requirements, certain areas of the forest which play an important role in the maintenance of biological diversity should be protected, for example, strong and tall old trees wh ere rare birds nest.
“We’re glad that all the regions of the Russian Caucasus recognized the importance of observing the principles of sustainable forest management and ready to cooperate with us. Caucasus is one of the richest ecoregions of Russia in terms of species diversity. Our common goal is to conserve and protect the biological diversity and natural resources of this territory, because many of them are non-renewable, and sometimes human activity can cause serious damage to the ecological system. New regulations are aimed at protecting of our forest heritage,” says Elena Cherkasova, forest project coordinator at WWF-Russia’s Northern Caucasus Regional Office.
WWF-Russia conserves Russian forests focusing at biodiversity conservation during logging for quarter century. Over the years, lots of guidance and recommendations aimed to help in identifying, allocating and conserving of biodiversity were issued by WWF-Russia. By the beginning of 2019, the requirements for obligatory biodiversity conservation during logging built upon WWF-Russia’s recommendations are adopted in 39 regions of Russia. This work is supported, among others, by WWF-IKEA Partnership on Forests.
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