THE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION RESPONDED TO LOGGING IN SOCHI NATIONAL PARK
On October 18, WWF-Russia received the
first official response from the authorities to its complaint about logging in
the Solokh-Aul Forest Management Unit in Sochi National Park.
In according with Government Resolution No. 534 of June 25, 2013 "On the expansion of the Sochi National Park," the Solokh-Aul Forest Management Unit was included in the reservation area of Sochi National Park where logging is prohibited.
However, in 2017, the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Krasnodar Region organized two auctions of the rights to conclude contracts for the purchase and sale of the forest. In effect, this gave the buyer the legal right to conduct logging on this territory.
On August 30 2017, WWF-Russia appealed to Sergey Donskoy, the Minister of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, to designate this territory protected area, which would forbid any activity that ran counter to the aims and objectives of the National Park.
In its reply on October 18 2017, the ministry expressed serious concern regarding the situation and stated that it had referred the petition to the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation and the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources (Rosprirodnadzor).
WWF-Russia hopes that the authorities’ next steps will put an end to the transfer of lands and stop logging in protected area.
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