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WWF Developed the Methods of Preservation Key Biotopes in Industrial Forests for Siberia

21 june 2017
Theoretical approaches have been tested in the filed in Altaisky Region, Republic of Altai, and Irkutskaya Oblast.

The Federal Law of the Russian Federation demands that such criteria for biodiversity conservation in industrial forests have to be developed for each region. Unfortunately, due to the lack of capacity or finance some regions still do not care about conservation of key biomes in industrial forests. WWF provided technical and financial support to preparing the normative for Republic of Altai, Altaisky Region and Irkutskaya Oblast in partnership with the scientists of Altaisky Region.

The documents prepared have been widely discussed during the series of round tables with a wide variety of experts. This approach proved to be effective for developing the joint approach as every side could express their concern or propose what has to be improved.

(c) A. Gribkov. Capercaillie in Altaisky Region. The place of Capercaillie lek is considered a key biotope by scientists.
(c) А. Грибков. Cypripedium acaule.
Preservation key biotopes in industrial forests is very important.
The experts in all three regions tested the new criteria in the field. The scientist along with the forest managers conducted field approbation. The principles of identifying key biotopes developed by the experts proved to be clear and easy to understand. So next time while logging the forest managers will be able to identify and conserve the key biomes themselves.
"WWF proved that usually the areas need to be conserved while logging due to rich biodiversity often do not have value for timber companies. Cutting wood in these areas is hard due to the landscapes or even dangerous," says Viktor Sipkin WWF Atai-Sayan Forest Program Coordinator.
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Altai-Sayan ecoregional press-officer