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Student brigade TIS received an off-roader to patrol the forests

12 november 2018
WWF Russia and WWF Japan handed over an off-roader to the student patrol TIS of the Primorsky State Agricultural Academy. The car will be used by students in joint raids with state rangers of the Primorsky Forestry Department for detecting illegal logging sites and checking signals received via KEDR system.
It’s symbolic that the ceremony of handing over the car to the Primorsky Agricultural Academy took place at the Primorsky Forestry Department. The joint work of the future forestry specialists from TIS brigade and the rangers of the state forest watch will be useful for students to learn new tools of forest monitoring, such as KEDR system, as well as improve the control of logging operations in the south of Primorsky province.
WWF Russia and WWF Japan handed over an off-roader to the student patrol TIS of the Primorsky State Agricultural Academy
WWF Russia
“A year ago, in November of 2017, we opened the Forestry Innovation Centre in the Primorsky State Agricultural Academy. It was created with support of WWF Russia, WWF Japan and Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program that promotes sustainable forest management and forest conservation within the Amur tiger home range, - comments Evgeny Lepeshkin, coordinator of sustainable forestry unit at WWF Russia Amur branch. – The new car will be the next step from the theory to practice. Student patrol TIS is now a real mobile unit able to drive to the sites together with state foresters and check the signals from KEDR system. Such cooperation will strengthen the work against illegal logging both in the northern areas of Primorye, where KEDR system is actively implemented, and in the southern areas, especially near big cities such as Vladivostok and Ussuriisk”.

The Forestry Innovation Center that is functioning in the Primorsky State Agricultural Academy with support of WWF Russia, WWF Japan and Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program, has united best practices in the field of forest management, anti-poaching and sustainable forest use and has become a place to improve professional skills of forest specialists.

Shinichi Kawae, forest program coordinator of WWF Japan meets the active students of TIS student patrol
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia
“Japan’s market is responsible for sustainable forest management in Russian Far East because Japan imports timber products such as construction materials or furniture. The problem is that some illegally logged timber could be exported to Japan after they are processed in China, and Japanese companies and consumers possibly purchase them without awareness. That’s why WWF Japan supports activities to prevent illegal logging through establishment of Forest Innovation Centre and purchase of the patrol car with the support of the Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program. Also, WWF Japan promotes responsible purchase in the Japanese market, – comments Shinichi Kawae, forest program coordinator of WWF Japan.
Great support for student patrol
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia
Since 2010, the Primorsky State Agricultural Academy is a strong partner of WWF Russia in sustainable forest management, training forestry experts and conservation of rare big cats – the Amur tiger and Amur leopard. Over these years thanks to the successful cooperation of WWF Russia Amur branch and the Forestry Institute of the Academy, about 29 thousand hectares of valuable forests of educational experimental plot were taken under protection, as well as forest inventory was carried out and forest exploitation plan was elaborated. The forest nursery was restored and equipped, becoming a base for training students and providing samplings to restore degraded forests within the Amur tiger home range. The Forestry Innovation Centre was created to develop new training modules, improve professional skills of forest specialists and promote sustainable forest use in the region. Creation TIS student patrol is one of the milestones in this close cooperation.
“WWF’s support for the Academy is significant and required. Practical component of detecting illegal logging is of urgent need. With the new car, TIS student patrol – the only forest student patrol in the Far East, has an opportunity to get a professional training on detecting illegal logging under supervision of the Forestry Department. We hope that this connection of the educational institution and future employer will keep growing stronger. It’s important that students who study at the Academy are in high demand in the Forestry Department and in forestry units, - comments Andrey Komin, the principal of the Primorsky Agricultural Academy.

KEDR in action

The need to strengthen patrolling in the forests in the south of Primorye was confirmed on the same day during the raid of state forest watch of the Forest Department and WWF to the suburbs of Vladivostok city. The signal on illegal logging site was received from local people and KEDR system of 5 black furs of a meter in diameter, Korean pine and maples near the Bogataya River, not far from the high way. According to preliminary data the damage to the environment from forest thieves is estimated at half a million rubles. All the materials are submitted to the police, however the problem of illegal logging in valuable Korean pine and broadleaved forests of the southern Primorye remains unsolved. Timely detection of such facts and patrolling the territory jointly with forest service could become an area of activity for TIS student patrol.

Forest watch of the Primorsky Forestry Department
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia
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