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WWF’s new review “Depletion of the Mongolian oak and Manchurian ash in Primorsky Province” was published

24 october 2018
WWF’s new review “Depletion of the Mongolian oak and Manchurian ash in Primorsky Province” was published and presented at the 9th International Forum “Forest and Man” during the round table of the Federation Council Committee on Agriculture and Nature Use in Moscow.
At the round table the issues on forests conservation and driving up their reproduction were discussed. According the review’s authors, the existing practices of forest use violates the principle of sustainable forest use and leads to the depletion of accessible rare trees stocks. The review provides the estimation of the volumes of illegally cut oak and ash trees in Primorye in 2011-2015 and proves that the main source of the illicit timber are not illegal loggers but the official forest resources users. The official loggers use the declarative character of the Russian forestry to legalize illegally harvested timber. The data of the review caused a heated discussion at the round table.
“We have compared the Customs data on the exported oak and ash that were harvested in Primorye with the ones declared by forest users”, notes Evgeny Chuvasov, head of forest unit of WWF Russia Amur branch, author of the report. “It has turned out that in some years the ration of illegally cut timber versus the legal one was 1:1 in the overall export timber value. In 2011–2015, the valuable tree species harvest was 142-163% of the allowable cut which equals 1,15–1,67 million m3 of timber in absolute figures. The budget lost around $10 million over the regarded period.”

The report shares the methodology for comparative analysis that can be used by the forestry officials to control logging operations and reveal illicit felling sites and overcutting. Among other recommendations there are the ones to help the officials improving control over timber harvesting and preventing export of illegally cut oak and ash.

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