The Ministry of Natural Resources Confirms Violations of Forest Legislation in Krasnodar Region
In June 2017, WWF-Russia performed a public inspection of compliance with forest legislation at the logging sites in the Krasnodar Region previously sold at auctions, and discovered multiple violations. Results of the inspection were reported to the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Krasnodar Region on multiple occasions, but were left unattended. Faced with unwillingness to cooperate on the part of regional authorities, WWF-Russia had to apply to the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation and the Prosecutor's Office of the Krasnodar Region requesting a formal investigation into the reported violations.
As a part of the application review process, in January 2018, WWF-Russia was invited by the Forestry Department for the Southern Federal District to an unscheduled onsite inspection aimed at investigation of the activities of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Krasnodar Region.
On March 7, WWF-Russia received from the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation a letter informing that the unscheduled onsite inspection revealed actual violations of legal status of protected areas, Forest Fire Safety Rules, Sanitary Safety Rules in Forest, Logging Rules.
Based on the inspection results, the Forestry Department for the Southern Federal District issued a directive obliging the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Krasnodar Region to rectify the violations. Additionally, the directive demands the officials involved into decision-making in the field of forestry management to be brought to account under disciplinary procedures. The Department will pass information about the violations to the law enforcement authorities.