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WWF ORGANIZED TRAINING FOR NGOS ON ENVIRONMENTAL HARVESTING

04 may 2022
NGO employees and activists working with WWF took part in a training on environmental harvesting. The training was conducted by teachers of the All-Russian Advanced Training Institute of Managers and Forestry Specialists

WWF-Russia has been monitoring the legality of logging and identifying cases of violations of forest legislation for several years. Volunteers of non-profit environmental organizations from different regions of the Caucasus help the Fund in this work. Within the framework of the "People for Nature" project, public activists inspect territories during joint raids with supervisory authorities and representatives of regional ministries, record violations and transfer them to regulatory bodies and law enforcement agencies.

Competence and literacy in the field of forest legislation plays an important role in this procedure. Therefore, WWF-Russia regularly conducts workshops and training for specialists "in the fields" to improve their skills and acquire the necessary skills. This time, the topic of the training was environmental harvesting.

Environmental harvesting is a set of measures aimed at renewal of the number of forests, improvement of the quality of valuable tree species growing.
(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia

"It often happens that valuable forest is cut down for commercial purposes under the guise of logging," says Elena Cherkasova, Senior Forest Officer of Russian Caucasus Ecoregional Office WWF-Russia. - WWF-Russia organized the training in order to understand how environmental harvesting should be assigned and carried out in correspondence to forest legislation".

For three days, the volunteers received the necessary practical skills to work in the forest, studied the nuances of carrying out various types of logging, procedures for correctly measuring the forest density, data and considered cases of violations that loggers may default. Students have completed two-day preliminary theoretical distance training.

(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia

Assistance in training was also provided by the staff of the Apsheronsk forestry college, in whose forest territories workshop took place.

At the end of the training, all participants passed the exam and received a certificate of the established sample of advanced training in the additional professional program "Environmental harvesting: Appoint, Conduct, Control".

(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia
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