Sustainable Forest Companies of Irkutsk Region Acknowledge the Importance of Conserving the Valuable Habitats During Logging
The presentation took place on 10-11 September in the city of Bratsk in Irkutsk Region in the framework of the SibWoodExpo exhibition that hosted the business companies and local authorities.
The field guide for Irkutsk Region was published by WWF Forest Program in partnership with the scientists of the Baikal research centre "Wild Nature of Asia" with support from the Ministry of Forestry of the Irkutsk Region. This guide contains description and guidelines for identification of valuable habitats that have to be conserved during logging, and the recommendations for their conservation applicable for the region.
The recommendations for biodiversity conservation during logging was approved by the law of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation in 2017 (the regulation № 72 from February, 27). The law obliges logging companies to conserve the key habitats, the areas crucial for conservation of animals, plants and rare landscapes. Most regions of Russia have already approved the local regulations on biodiversity conservation during logging based on the federal document. The Ministry of Irkutsk Region approved the regulation in 2018 as well.
Nevertheless, the logging companies still have uncertainty and have the lack of experience in identifying the key valuable habitats or the Red Data Book species of plants and animals. The field guide was especially developed and published by WWF-Russia Forest Program to help business conserve biodiversity effectively. WWF-Russia continues to assist the logging companies to protect intact forests as well.
Headline photo: (c) Viktor Popov / WWF-Russia