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Премия рунета 2017

NATURAL HERITAGE OF THE CAUCASUS GOES UNDER THE HAMMER

25 august 2017
The Ministry of Natural Resources of Krasnodar Region is selling logging sites on the territory of the national park.

In August 2017, as a part of its public monitoring of sustainable forest management, WWF-Russia assessed the level of regulatory compliance during logging on sites auctioned by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Krasnodar Region in 2017. The survey revealed that the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Krasnodar Region is auctioning forest sites for logging that since 2013 have been part of the Sochi National Park.

Logging site at Solokh-Aul Forest Management Unit
(c) WWF-Russia

This story goes back to 2012, when, as a part of the plan to offset the environmental impact of the Sochi Olympic Games, the Action Plan for Restoration of the Mzymta River Ecosystem was amended with a clause on expanding the territory of the Sochi National Park’s by 19,620 ha from the Solokh-Aul District Forest Management Unit of the Tuapse Forest Management Unit.

In 2013, the Government of the Russian Federation issued a decree (No 534 of June 25, 2013), merging the Solokh-Aul District Forest Management Unit with the Sochi National Park.

In 2015, the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia issued an order (No 451 of October 29, 2015), amending the Statute of the Sochi Nature Park to include the Solokh-Aul District Forest Management Unit.

However, the survey carried out by WWF-Russia this month shows that 10 logging sites which were legally transferred to the protected area of the National Park in 2015, have recently been auctioned by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Krasnodar Region for logging.

“We hope the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation and the Administration of the Krasnodar Region will take appropriate measures in relation to this egregious case and stop the sale of the Natural Heritage of the Caucasus. In situations like this – when the logging business uses various loopholes, such as salvage logging, in breach of forest legislation and destroys the most valuable forests in our region, - WWF is going to widely publicize such cases and inform consumers that the forest products have been harvested illegally,” said Valery Shmunk, Director at the Russian Caucasus Office of WWF-Russia.
Logging sites at Sochi National Park (yellow lines - National Park territory,black lines - logging sites)
(c) WWF-Russia
Headline photo: (c) WWF-Russia

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