National park Koigorodski established in the Republic of Komi

A new national park, ‘Koigorodski’, has been established in the Republic of Komi with an area of 56,700 hectares. The national park is the largest protected intact forest landscape in the southern taiga zone of Russia. Forests are mostly old spruce stands that have been completely out of use. There are almost one hundred rare or endangered plant species and more than 20 protected animal species. The connection with the …

Biokarelia project contributes to the protection of biodiversity in the Finnish-Russian border region

Coordinated by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), the Biokarelia project is developing tools to promote biodiversity conservation. The implementation is based on the mapping of biodiversity hotspots, the observation and forecasting of forest fires and fellings in the Finnish-Russian border area. Biodiversity ”hotspots” along the Finnish-Russian border are under risk of biodiversity loss due to wood harvesting, forest fires and destruction of connectivity between the high conservation forests. “The …

Assessment of forest industries compliance to forest certification standards in northwestern Russia

Trishkin M. (2019). Assessment of forest industries compliance to forest certification standards in northwestern Russia. https://doi.org/10.14214/df.285 Russia has approximately 43 million hectares of forests under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification scheme. This thesis investigated the perceptions of certified and non-certified companies towards forest certification (FC), and to what degree the representatives of these companies agree with the benefits and barriers of the FC process. The Due Diligence System (DDS) employed by …

Role of forests was discussed in the Sustainable Development Forum in Moscow

The first Sustainable Development Forum “Common Future” was held in Moscow on 25 November. The main themes of the forum were the implementation and follow-up of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda2030) in Russia and the compatibility of national development plans with the Agenda2030. Russia is currently preparing a voluntary national review to be presented in 2020. Environmental awareness in Russia is growing rapidly and hundreds …

Record forest areas of FSC certification in Russia

FSC certified forests cover 200 million hectares in 82 countries. Nearly one fourth of them, i.e. about 48 million hectares are located in Russia. Russia also has the highest number of forest management certificates, 186. Totally 25 per cent of forests leased for wood harvesting are FSC certified. In addition, there are 629 chain of custody certificates in Russia. The Russian national FSC forest management standard is currently being updated. …

Old growth forests were protected in Arkhangelsk region

A new nature protection area ‘Dvinsko-Pinezhski’ has been established in the Arkhangelsk region, with 300 000 hectares of primary forests. The Russian WWF and other environmental organizations took the initiative to protect these forests more than 17 years ago. Negotiations during the protection process were the most difficult with the companies leasing forest in the area. Following the negotiations, it was decided to protect 300,000 hectares of the original 500,000 …

Biggest Russian forest fires are over

According to the regional authorities responsible for forest firefighting, 291 000 hectares are currently being burned, of which 34 000 are actively extinguished (situation 3.9). During 2019, forest fires have been estimated at a total area of ​​10.1 million hectares. According to the Russian Forestry Agency’s satellite monitoring, by the beginning of September, forest fires (hot spots) have been detected in an area of ​​15.9 million hectares, of which 9.9 …

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