Timber export from the Russian Far East in 2004-2014
Timber export from the Russian Far East in 2004-2014. Recommendations for Responsible Timber Trade
The report offers an analysis of timber export from the Russian Far East (Khabarovsky, Primorsky, Amurskaya, and Evreyskaya Provinces) from 2004 until 2014 based on the following parameters: main importing markets, the type of timber (pinewood, softwood and valuable species) and the depth of processing (roundwood, sawn wood, and plywood/veneer/OSB).
The analysis reveals least two patterns: 1) the declining diversification of the buyers market for timber from RFE; 2) the enduring model of exporting raw or crudely processed timber despite the efforts of the Russian government to reverse this model with introducing new tariffs on the exports of roundwoods and calling for investments in the domestic timber processing industry. This model is unsustainable for RFE forest industry and for its natural/ intact forests as it creates incentives for illegal logging. The report offers recommendations on mutual efforts between WWF Russia and China on responsible timber trade to ensure legality of timber original and encourage ethical investment in the RFE processing industry producing timber commodities bound for export to China.