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WWF CONTINUES TRAINING FOREST VOLUNTEERS

30 january 2020
Another training workshop for activists and representatives of environmental non-profit organizations, organized by WWF, took place in Maykop district, Adygea Republic. The workshop aimed at improving the skills of invited participants was held within the framework of the “People for Nature” Program.
Illegal logging identification is one of the main aspects of the Russian Caucasus Office, WWF-Russia. However, this time, activists did not have to identify the extent of logging, calculate the damage caused to nature and draw up survey reports. A forest allotment that is in use of the largest forest tenant in Adygea and the first FSC-certified enterprise in the Caucasus – “Forest” JSC was chosen for the workshop forum.
(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia

The participants of the offsite event learned to use special equipment that helps to accurately determine the age of the tree, its height quality class and the steepness of the slope. Often, these numbers affect whether a particular tree can or cannot be cut, and also serve as arguments for proving illegal logging. Konstantin Kobyakov, High Conservation Value Forest Projects Coordinator of WWF-Russia, taught the activists how to make the necessary measurements and use the NextGIS program for accurate lost-proofing.

(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia
In addition to WWF-Russia employees, Russian and international experts, as well as representatives of Caucasian NGOs, spoke at the workshop. They shared their experience with their colleagues in detecting illegal logging, countering black loggers, and presented manuals that help identify Caucasian tree species.
(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia

"This is the fourth workshop on illegal logging. And I can say that the knowledge that volunteers receive at our trainings helps us in working together, in preserving the forests of the Caucasus, preventing large-scale illegal logging and punishing those liable people," said Elena Cherkasova, Forest Officer of WWF-Russia's Branch in the Russian Caucasus Ecoregion.

(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia
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