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Премия рунета 2017

What has been done?

In cooperation with our supporters and partners, we have achieved significant results:

  • developed and approved at the state level «Principles of the State Policy in the Field of Use, Protection, and Reproduction of Forests in the Russian Federation for the Period till 2030». WWF has long sought the development of this important document, which is to determine trends of the longer term development of the country’s forests and provide the basis for the forest legislation improvement in the years ahead;
  • WWF took part in creating more than half of federal protected areas (PA) in Russia. In particular, we have contributed to the establishment of a new national park «Onega Pomorye». It made possible to conserve one of Europe’s last large areas of intact taiga forests with a rare combination of the mainland taiga, swamp, lake and valley and coastal natural complexes;
  • in the Bikin river valley we saved the last in the Russian Far East and the largest in the Northern hemisphere intact woodland of unique Korean pine-broadleaf forests, a habitat for the Amur tiger;
  • Russia came in second after Canada in the world in terms of forest areas certified according to international standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), i.e. almost 45 million hectares. This creates the conditions for preservation of the ecosystems, and social and protective functions of forests for logging;
  • in cooperation with forest businesses, intact forest landscapes are being protected, including the unique woodland located between the Northern Dvina and Pinega rivers. As a result of successful implementation of the mechanism of the voluntary FSC forest certification in Pomorye, no clearcuts are being conducted in intact forest landscapes over the area of about 700 thousand hectares;
  • a complete ban on logging of Korean pine has been introduced, and two most valuable species of the Russian Far East (Mongolian oak and Manchurian ash) are now listed in the Appendix of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which hopefully will become a serious obstacle for exporting illegally logged timber of these species;
  • with law enforcement agencies in the Russian Far East, we managed to uncover several corruption schemes of illegal logging. Hundreds of criminals were arrested, dozens of tractors were confiscated, illegal logging was revealed that had caused damage to the state in the amount of hundreds of millions of rubles;
  • taking the «Pskov Model Forest» project as an example, a model of environmentally and socially sound, economically efficient forest management model was created that allows to grow highly productive forest, get bigger profits and conserve habitats of animals and plants in a more effective way. The project has proved that more intensive but sustainable forest management is possible in the modern Russian conditions;
  • the Russian forest legislation was amended to accommodate requirements for effective forest conservation, based on the transition of the Russian forest sector from the «pioneer» development of intact forests to competent intensive forestry in already harvested forests;
  • in Primorsky Krai, with the aid of WWF volunteers, about 600 thousand Korean pines were planted. The joint campaign of WWF-Russia and Citibank became the largest campaign on forest restoration in the habitat of the Amur leopard.