PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE CONFIRMS LOGGING SITES IN SOCHI NATIONAL PARK SOLD ILLEGALLY
On November 3rd, WWF-Russia received an official reply from the Prosecutor's Office of Krasnodar Region to its request for action in response to illegal logging in the Solokh-Aul District Forest Management Unit of the Sochi National Park.
In August 2017, WWF-Russia was alarmed to discover evidence that logging rights were being auctioned by the Ministry of Natural Resources of Krasnodar Region for sites in the protected area of the Sochi National Park.
WWF-Russia promptly filed requests with the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation and the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation to act to enforce the protected status of the territory and prevent any activities inconsistent with the goals and purposes of the National Park.
Responses have now been received from both the Ministry and the Prosecutor's Office.
The Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation replied on October 18, 2017 that it was extremely concerned by the evidence presented and appealed to the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation and the Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service (Rosprirodnadzor).
The Prosecutor's Office of Krasnodar Region replied that a remedial action order, currently pending, had been filed with the Governor of Krasnodar Region, and a criminal investigation had been opened into the illegal logging.
Learn more and follow the inquiry at our website:
August 31 — WWF-Russia: Stop Logging in Solokh-Aul District;
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