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Forest Service Mobile Brigades reveal illegal loggings in the southern Far East

05 april 2019
In 2018, formed with the support of WWF, Forest Service mobile brigades revealed 10 cases of illegal logging in Primorsky and Khabarovsky Provinces using the KEDR System. The overall damage was estimated at aprx. USD816K.
The remote-sensing forest monitoring system KEDR designed with the support of WWF Russia helps detecting illegal logging through automatic analysis of the satellite images. The system has been active in Primorsky and Khabarovsky Provinces since 2017.
“KEDR was designed by WWF Russia with an active participation of the state forest services like the Primorsky Province Forestry Department and Department on Informatization, the Khabarovsky Province Forestry Department and the Ministry on Information Technologies, with the support of the Ministry for the Russian Far East Development and Presidential Administration in the Far Eastern Federal District. The System will help preserving Korean pine-broadleaved forests in the southern Russian Far East – the habitat of rare predators – Amur tiger and leopard. It also will bring the forest management to the new level”, comments Evgeny Chuvasov, Head of the sustainable forestry department at WWF Russia Amur branch.
To verify the KEDR system signals in the field four operative mobile brigades were formed out of the state forest inspectors and provided with off-roaders, outfit, fuel, and gadgets like tablets and drones. The figures testify to the efficiency of inspectors’ work.
Landing with wastewood in Primorsky province
WWF Russia

Primorsky Province. In 2018, operative mobile brigades revealed four facts with 65,54 m3 of illegally cut timber, the damage was estimated at USD134K. Four criminal and two administrative cases were initiated. During the first quarter of 2019, five facts with 265,12 m3 of illicit timber and estimated damage of USD22K were revealed by the KEDR system. Five criminal and two administrative cases were initiated. Putting KEDR in operation on a regular basis got prescribed in the agreement on cooperation between the Primorsky Province Administration and WWF Russia in 2016 to conserve biodiversity and the Amur tiger habitat.

Ilegal logging site revealed by KEDR system in Primorsky province
WWF Russia
Khabarovsky Province. In 2018, jointly with the state forest inspectors and law enforcement officials WWF staff took part in a special operation “Forest-2018”. During the raids, five facts of illegal logging were revealed with the volume of 533,31 m3 and the damage estimated at more than USD684K. Five criminal and four administrative cases were commenced. Over the first quarter of 2019, the brigades revealed two facts of illegal logging with 71,66 m3 of illegal timber, the amount of damage was calculated at USD5000, criminal cases were initiated. Since the beginning of 2019, one administrative case has been commenced for violation of logging regulations.
Illegal logging sites revealed by KEDR system in Khabarovsky province
WWF Russia
“All illegal loggings revealed by mobile brigades in Primorsky Province in 2018 and 2019 were done by local people. KEDR system allows revealing both unauthorized loggings conducted by villagers and on official logging sites. In Khabarovsky Province, considerable volumes (508 m3) of illicit timber were revealed on leaseholders logging sites, comments Pavel Garazha, specialist on sustainable forestry at WWF Russia Amur branch.
To strengthen KEDR system, WWF Russia handed over drones to the forest services of both provinces. Unmanned aerial vehicles help forest rangers to speed up the process of checking the signals while recorded photo and video materials may be used as a proof during the investigation of forest use violations.
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