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 …

Discussion on sawn wood export duty and legality of forest lease contracts

The working group against illegal timber trade under Russian Government discussed the export of roundwood and sawn wood, the monitoring of timber transportation and the legality of forest lease contracts. The problem related to sawn wood exports was raised. In order to avoid export duties, some companies have started to export roughly sawn wood (export code 4407) instead of roundwood, and now the aim is to eliminate the phenomenon. Customs …

Reform of forest use payments in Russia

Russian logging companies pay the state a fee for forest use, which is currently about one euro per cubic metre of wood. The forest use payment is one tenth of the production costs of wood. In order to increase the state’s forestry income and to intensify forestry, the minimum rate of forest use payment is being converted to market-based. According to the plan, the forest use payment would be based, …

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. …

Producer prices for roundwood in Northwest Russia May – July 2019

The average producer price* of softwood logs in Northwest Russia was EUR 38 per cubic meter in May-July 2019. The price of hardwood logs was 44 euros, hardwood rotary-cut veneer logs 47 euros, softwood pulp 23 euros and hardwood pulp 21 euros. The price of hardwood pulpwood for export markets was 23 euros. Producer prices for roundwood in Northwest Russia: There is no comprehensive statistical data available on market prices …

Roundwood production in Northwest Russia May – July 2019

According to statistics published by the statistics service Rosstat, wood production in Northwest Russia was 9.9 million cubic meters in May-July. Wood production increased by 12 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2018. Industrial wood accounted for 91 per cent of wood production in May-July. Log production accounted for 47 per cent and pulpwood for 33 per cent. Wood production in January-July 2019 totaled 28 million cubic meters, an …

Forests on agricultural land remain outside of practicing forestry

According to expert estimates, Russia has 70 million hectares of forests growing in former fields, i.e. agricultural land (“agricultural forest”) that is not managed or used. On several occasions, it has been suggested that practicing forestry should be made possible in these areas. For example, the common statement of Russian WWF and Greenpeace at the end of 2018 calls for legislative changes to allow private forestry (“lesnoe fermerstvo”) and forest …

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