Biodiversity will be protected in industrial forests
Round table conference on that problem was held in Moscow on May 30th, 2017.
For now, 7 administrative regions in Russia have included lists of must-be-protected objects of biodiversity into their regulatory frameworks and by 2018 all other regional authorities must do the same.
Biologists and industry experts came up together to discuss special recommendations on biodiversity protection in industrial forests. An important part of the debate was discussion of experience of developing such requirements in some Russian regions. A separate section was dedicated to sustainable management of protective forests.
”WWF-Russia has been working in this field for many years, having started from introduction and development of FSC certification in Russia almost 20 years ago. FSC-certified companies must protect biodiversity in industrial forests. Nonetheless, this issue gains even more significance in relation to implementing the intensive forest management model. More intensive forest harvesting should be balanced with forest biodiversity protection. It is important to understand what exactly should be done at local and federal levels, what is the role of science and NGOs in this process. It is important for us to develop common understanding of what should be protected, how to protect and make provisions for this to be legal,” commented Nikolay Shmatkov, director of the WWF-Russia Forest program.
Despite a number of controversial issues, the round-table allowed to determine major issues which are more common to arise at biodiversity protection as well as made a step towards finding a solution for them. A resolution and recommendations to be provided summarizing the results of the round table discussion.
Headline photo: © Gennadiy Alexandrov / WWF-Russia