ILLEGAL LOGGING WITH DAMAGE OF ALMOST 190 THOUSAND DOLLARS WAS FOUND IN THE CAUCASUS. SUSPECTS WERE DETAINED.
WWF-Russia volunteers have found violations in the Urupskiy district of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic in August 2019. There, illegal loggers cut down 61 oak trees aged between 50-150 years. The loggers left wrecking trees in the place of workpiece. We can assume that logging was unauthorized, because there were no signs of legal paint marking on trees. Presence the leaves on removed trees indicates that cutting was in 2018-2019.
«Karachay-Cherkessia Forest Administration have made an inspection on September 5 after WWF's appeal, during which WWF-Russia’s information about violations was confirmed. Audit showed that illegally logged wood estimated 77.9 cubic meters, and damage - more than 190 thousand dollars», - Elena Cherkasova, Forest Officer of «Russian Caucasus» Ecoregional Office WWF-Russia said.
Also, Police detained persons who suspected of a crime. A criminal case has been opened against them. Exported wood and machinery moved to penalty-parking.
The People for Nature project is implemented by WWF-Russia with the support of the European Union and aims to engage a wide range of stakeholders in environmental protection. The project will be carried out in 2019-2022. Its tasks are as follows: preservation of forests by preventing degradation and illegal use of forests, as well as reducing the negative impact of industry on the environment by increasing the environmental responsibility of business.