Dagestan will Protect Biodiversity During Logging
Recently, the Committee for Forestry of the Republic of Dagestan has published new forest management regulations, introduced by the Decree No. 7 of January 12, 2018. The Regulations will be mandatory for the forest management units of the Republic for the next ten years. That is why the WWF-Russia deemed it very important to include requirements for biodiversity conservation during logging into the forest management regulations.
"We contacted the Committee for Forestry of the Republic of Dagestan in November 2017, asking to include into the Regulations the requirements for biodiversity conservation during logging, prepared by local experts. The Committee agreed immediately," said Elena Cherkasova, Forest Project Coordinator at the Russian Caucasus Office of WWF-Russia.
In 2017, the Government of the Republic of Dagestan and WWF-Russia signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of environmental protection. Many years of successful cooperation for conservation of the unique environment of Dagestan, which has brought to life new protected areas – Itsari (2012) and Khunzakhsky (2017) nature parks, Tarki-Tau Mountain natural site (2015), and liman and reed-bed site Sulakskaya Laguna (2017), revives once again.
It should be noted that back in 2017 the Federal Agency for Forestry (Rosleskhoz) announced the requirements for biodiversity conservation an indispensable part of any forest management regulations. At the suggestion of WWF-Russia, the requirements for biodiversity conservation have already been incorporated into the forest management regulations adopted by a range of the subjects of the Russian Federation, but the Caucasus only makes its first steps in that direction: first, the requirements were introduced into the forest management regulations in the Krasnodar Region, now Dagestan follows the lead.
The requirements provide for conservation of certain key biotopes and key elements, e.g., mature forest sites which act as the source of seeds for adjacent territories.
Headline photo: (c) Aleksandr Plekhanov