IRKUTSK REGION APPROVES WWF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION DURING LOGGING
Under WWF criteria the following should be protected during logging: “endorheic basins, areas around permanent and temporary water formations, woods on steep slopes and cliffs, karst formations, habitats of species from Red Book of RF and Irkutsk Red Data Book, dark coniferous forests among light coniferous and deciduous forests, trees with nests, animal shelters, areas with high alkaline content”.
The recommendations for Irkutsk Region have been developed on the initiative of WWF by scientists at Baikal State University with the support of WWF.
In spring, the theoretical findings of the scientists were tested in the field in partnership with Irkutsk foresters. The criteria to allocate key biotopes developed by WWF proved to be clear and concise and were approved by a wide range of stakeholders.
These recommendations were developed at the initiative of WWF-Russia within the framework of the WWF-IKEA Partnership on Forests project for several regions of Russia with a high forest density, which need of an intensive approach to forest management and forest regeneration. At the same time, similar standards are being developed for Altay Region, the Republic of Altai, Irkutsk region, Arkhangelsk Region, the Republic of Karelia, Komi Republic, Vologda Region and other regions which have been chosen because they have abundant forests and wildlife.
Irkutsk Region is a priority for WWF Forest program as about 20% of its territory lies within the boundaries of the Altay-Sayan Mountain region, an ecosystem which is located at the juncture of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and China. The conservation of biodiversity in Altay-Sayan Ecoregion is one of the most important goals of WWF-Russia. The WWF Forest Program is being actively implemented in this ecoregion.
Headline photo: (c) A.Sofronov