More than 110 000 hectares of the unique forest ecosystems in the Russian Far East received high conservation value status
On more than 110 thousand hectares of the unique forests industrial logging is banned and the construction of forest roads is prohibited.
In total, 20 unique forest areas within the RFP Group lease were delineated as HCVFs, including subalpine hardwood forests complexes, rare tall grass spruce forests, peat swamp forests and other HCVF categories.According to Evgeny Chuvasov, head of sustainable forest management department at WWF Russia Amur branch,
WWF Russia and RFP Group negotiations on determining HCVFs have resulted in the establishment of Shaman-Yai Wildlife Refuge in Khabarovsky Province. In summer 2012, with WWF support the first expedition of scientists and experts of public organizations was organized to Tiul-Shaman Mountain Range located on the RFP Group leases. That time it was a miracle to discover the unique “island” of Ussury taiga - the refuge of coniferous forests surrounded by typical northern flora of the lower Amur River. After negotiations, RFP Group agreed to abandon a part of its leased territories, and WWF staff jointly with scientists started working to upgrade the status of the planned wildlife refuge. In late 2017, the Khabarovsky Province Government signed the Decree to establish Shaman-Yai Wildlife Refuge on the area of 50 thousand hectares.