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Премия рунета 2017


22 august 2017
All procedural violations have been reported to regional government agencies and WWF will continue its community monitoring programme.

This year experts from the WWF’s Altai-Sayan Programme monitored the legality of several cases of salvage logging in the region. According to a new Russian federal law regional forestry ministries must upload all documents justifying salvage logging work to a publicly accessible website. They must give the public the opportunity to monitor the proposed works. 

Salvage logging is the only form of logging where forests may be felled regardless of their category, age or protection status including forests within conservation areas. In Russia some unprincipled timber companies take advantage of this fact to authorize salvage logging to harvest wood that they are normally not allowed to log. Selective salvage logging often takes the form of selecting the most economically valuable timber, which leads to a decline in the biological stability and productivity of forest sites, and their degradation, says Viktor Sipkin, WWF Altai-Sayan Forest Program Coordinator. WWF calculates that in 2015 around 150,000 cubic meters of timber was felled in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion as a result of illegal salvage logging.
Some types of legal salvage logging in Altai-Sayan Ecoregion.
(c) A. Kalinovsky, A. Gribkov

The criteria applied by the authorities to allocate forest sites for salvage logging used to be hidden from public view. But the situation has changed this year after the new law was approved. Since the beginning of 2017 experts from the WWF Altai-Sayan Programme in partnership with a professional forest pathologist have checked all the legal forest salvage logging acts uploaded to the websites of the regional forest ministries to identify whether or not there was a real basis for authorizing the logging. WWF chose the Altai Republic, the Republic of Khakassia and Altai Region as three pilot regions for monitoring salvage logging.

Some types of legal salvage logging
(c) A. Gribkov

Having examining the documents, WWF experts along with experts from the regional ministries conducted one field trip in each pilot region to ensure the forest area required salvage logging. In five cases WWF experts registered procedural violations, which were reported to the ministries of the regions. Procedural violations took the following forms: the area proposed for salvage logging was larger than necessary (the area stated in the documents included healthy forest); the description of the forest to be logged was incorrect; the state of the forest did not correspond to the criteria set out in the federal law for salvage logging (for example the proportion of the forest that had been killed by pests), etc.

All violations were reported by WWF to the authorities and the monitoring programme will be continued. 

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